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Delta hospital turns back patients as workers begin strike

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba— SCORES of HIV and diabetic patients, who reported at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Asaba, Delta State for routine treatment were, Thursday, turned back following the withdrawal of services by scientists manning the hospital’s laboratory.

Also the fate of patients requiring blood transfusion is hanging in the balance as competent hands were not available to either certify blood to be donated or cross-match blood appropriately for patients.

The striking health workers under the aegis of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, FMC, chapter told reporters in Asaba; “we are on a three-day warning strike.”

Chairman of the association, Mr. Anthony Asiodu, explained that the strike was to drive home their opposition to management’s decision to impose “a non-licensed medical laboratory scientist to head the department,” as well as non implementation of their scheme of service.

He noted that the three-day warning strike will be followed by full strike except the management of the hospital withdraws the circular on the headship of the medical laboratory.

Reacting, spokesman of the hospital, Mr. Nnamdi Ogbogu, said: “I think management is looking into the matter. It is being resolved.”

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