By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS – Contrary to expectation that full services would resume yesterday in all Lagos State-owned hospitals following the suspension of the seven-week-old strike by the Medical Guild, the few patients who turned up at the hospitals were disappointed as only skeletal services were available.
When Vanguard visited the hospitals, most of the departments and wards that had been under lock and key since the strike started were still shut. Only a few doctors were sighted attending to the few out-patients. The beehive of activities which most of the hospitals were known for is yet to return.
Further investigations by Vanguard revealed that skeletal services being offered at the hospitals might not be unconnected with the on-going nurses strike in the state.
At the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, it was gathered that the wards were still under lock and key because the nurses who were supposed to be in charge of the wards are still on strike.
As a result, the few patients whom their cases are not too serious, mostly those suffering from noncommunicable disease, were relocated into one ward. For instance, all patients in the 12 units of the Surgical Department in the hospital were moved to one ward.