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Igbobi: Patients stay off as health workers shelve strike

By Gabriel Olawale

lagos—The turnout of patients was low at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, NOHIL, on Monday, even as health workers in the hospital ended their seven days warning strike.

When Vanguard visited the hospital around 11am, some health workers were seen on duty  while few others gathered in groups, but only a handful of patients were seen at the Mobolaji House Accident Wards down while the Accident and Emergency Department was a shadow of itself.

Some of the patients expressed mixed feelings about the resumption and  expressed doubt that others might return immediately for medical care.

According to a patient, Uche, who spoke to our reporter:  “When they embarked on the strike, we were all discharged, but when the strike ended and I called the others to inform them, to my surprise they said they were not ready to return due to instability in the system.’’

Another patient, Mr. Salau Abdulahi, who had a bone fracture, said it took more than four hours before he was attended to despite submitting his card very early.

The health workers embarked on a 7-day strike on the 6th of March, 2017 over unpaid December 2016 salary, and non-payment of three months teaching allowances and outstanding promotion arrears for the last two years.

The hospital management declined to comment on the development

Speaking on behalf of the Union, the Unit Secretary of NANNM, Alabi Temitope said that the Joint Action Committee gave the management two weeks to do the need so as to avoid industrial disharmony in the hospital.


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