By Tony Edike

ENUGU-CHIEF Medical Director of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Dr. Tony Mbah, yesterday, faulted the decision of the medical consultants in the hospital to withdraw clinical services, saying their demand for improved pay was illegitimate as there was no approval for it.

Members of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, MDCAN, UNTH chapter, embarked on an indefinite strike on Thursday, May 5 to protest alleged serial underpayment and non-payment of several allowances due them from 2001 to date by the hospital’s management.

They vowed not to return to their duty posts until the contentious issues raised with the management were resolved and urged members of the public, especially patients, to bear with them during the period of the strike.

The strike has partially paralysed medical services in the hospital as only the registrars, resident doctors and nurses now attend to patients.

The situation has also worsened the plight of patients in Enugu who had relied only on UNTH for medication, following the closure of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Teaching Hospital on account of the six months strike embarked upon by medical doctors protesting non-implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, CONMESS by the state government.

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