Consultants overwhelmed as resident docs’ strike paralyses well being providers at LASUTH

Lara Adejoro

Because the strike embarked upon by the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors enters its second day, medical actions have been paralysed in government-owned hospitals.

A go to to the Lagos State College Educating Hospital, Ikeja on Tuesday by our correspondent revealed that there was full compliance with the strike directive by the NARD as resident docs stayed away from work.

PUNCH HealthWise findings additionally revealed that resident docs on the Lagos College Educating Hospital, Idi-Araba complied with the strike as they handed over sufferers’ care to senior physicians.

Recall that NARD had on Saturday issued a communiqué after its Annual Common Assembly of the affiliation’s Nationwide Govt Council introduced that members would start an indefinite strike, starting from August 1.

Among the points raised by NARD embrace the inconsistent cost of salaries, hazard allowances, non-payment of loss of life advantages, and points surrounding the registration of members on the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Data System.

The strike was additionally to demand the instant withdrawal of the round eradicating Home Officers from the scheme of service and the hasty implementation of the round by the Lagos State Authorities.

At LASUTH, many new sufferers and outpatients who got here to the hospital have been stranded as a result of solely senior physicians and nurses have been attending to some sufferers.

Nevertheless, consultants who took over the availability of skeletal providers say they’re overwhelmed.

A person who recognized himself as Mr. Femi Ajayi mentioned he was referred from a non-public hospital to LASUTH, solely to be advised that his spouse can’t be attended to.

“I’m simply drained, we got here all the way in which from Ajegunle to Ikeja and it’s been a waste of time. It’s an emergency however they are saying docs are on strike. It’s actually tiring. I don’t know what to do anymore,” he mentioned. 

One other feminine affected person who spoke on situation of anonymity mentioned she arrived on the hospital within the early hours of Tuesday however was not attended to.

“I didn’t even know they’re on strike, I got here at present solely to seek out out that docs are on strike and so they can’t attend to me however they advised me to return again on Friday. 

“I simply pray that God will heal me and take illness away from my life as a result of it’s not been a easy one in any respect,” she lamented.

President of the Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors, LASUTH chapter, Dr. Azeez Ojekunle appealed to the Lagos State Authorities to resolve the problems that necessitated the continuing strike motion. 

Ojekunle mentioned that some members of ARD had a gathering with the representatives of the Lagos state authorities from the workplace of the Head of Service and its counterpart in Institution, Coaching, and Pension to dialogue and resolve the scenario.

“These are docs which can be the frontline well being employees that sufferers see once they go to hospitals. They’re licensed and have been inducted into the medical career.

“They’re working for the federal government and are a part of the scheme of service, as enshrined of their appointment letters. 

Ojekunle mentioned that the affiliation additionally demanded implementation of the Medical Residency Coaching Act and the discharge of the Acts fund for sponsorship of specialisation coaching.

In the meantime, a Advisor Household Doctor LASUTH, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo mentioned the consultants are overwhelmed and can’t render full medical providers. 

Sodipo, who can be the Chairman of Medical Guild, mentioned, “The consultants are positively overwhelmed as a result of the resident docs play a important position in rendering well being providers. 

“It’s inconceivable to render full providers as a result of the spine of each hospital particularly the specialist centres are the resident docs and even within the ratio, we’ve fewer consultants to resident docs.

“So, we’ve one advisor to about 4 senior resident docs and it’s inconceivable for consultants to do the work alone,” he mentioned.

Additionally, talking with PUNCH HealthWise, ARD President, LUTH chapter, Dr. Oluwafemi Hassan mentioned sufferers’ care has been handed over to the consultants. 

“It’s consultants who handle sufferers; resident docs are simply particular trainees. Should you go to the ward, clinic and emergency unit, you will note that almost all areas shall be abandoned, however after all, it’ll solely worsen because the strike continues. 

“LUTH is among the greatest chapters of NARD and we’re 100 per cent in compliance with NARD directive. 

“So I can let you know that, should you go anyplace within the hospital, it will likely be abandoned. We’ve advised our members, that NARD has given the directive that each one resident docs must be on strike, and they’re purported to be on strike now, together with the Home Officers. 

“This strike is complete and indefinite, which suggests all providers supplied by resident docs together with emergency providers, won’t be accessible at LUTH. 

“In fact, you recognize that within the educating hospitals, you continue to have the consultants, however the resident docs are the bulk as we’re the primary on name, we’re the primary contact when sufferers come into the hospital. So, as soon as we aren’t accessible, it’ll have an effect on service supply within the hospital,” he mentioned.

Including, he mentioned, “As docs, we love our sufferers, we don’t wish to go on strike for any cause, however when all types of dialogue have failed, that’s after we often go on strike”.

Additionally, the Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Affiliation of Nigeria, Lagos College Educating Hospital Chapter, Dr. Clement Oluwarotimi mentioned the calls for of the resident docs are germane and there’s a want for the Federal Authorities to fulfill their wants.

“The resident docs are the foot troopers and so they complement our work.

“The place you have got 50 folks working and 10 is now working, then overwhelming is an understatement. 

“Because the strike goes deeper, positively we shall be actually overwhelmed.”

Oluwarotimi, nevertheless, mentioned the consultants will do their greatest to maintain the sufferers however it’ll have monumental results on the well being system.

“Within the wards, there’s no approach consultants will deal with the sufferers that the resident docs will deal with particularly as a surgeon, I can’t function alone and so with out an assistant, there’s little I can do. 

“It means I’m going to be at work around the clock as a result of these individuals are not there.

“Their strike is extraordinarily justified and earlier than resident docs will go on strike, they select their struggle.

“We’ve misplaced a few of us and I don’t have medical health insurance. God forbid something occurs to me. 

“Should you learn their communiqué, what they’re asking is simply too germane.

“My hazard allowance is N5000, what do I do with it if something occurs to me,” he mentioned.

The MDCAN chairman urged the Federal Authorities to prioritise the well being sector and meets the calls for of the putting docs. 

“There’s only a misplaced precedence by the management of the well being sector. They play politics with our lives. 

“The welfare of docs is what they’re combating for and their calls for are germane,” he mentioned. 

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