Doc­tors in Sokoto em­bark on strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

Res­i­dent Doc­tors at the Us­manu Dan­fodiyo Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, Sokoto, have em­barked on a one-week warn­ing strike over poor ser­vices and al­lowances.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust, the Pres­i­dent, As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­dent Doc­tors, UDUTH’ s branch, Dr. Umar Mukhtar, said the strike was meant to help im­prove ser­vices to pa­tients.

He said the ser­vices ren­dered by the hos­pi­tal were get­ting poorer ‘‘in spite the huge amount of money paid by pa­tients’’.

“The fa­cil­i­ties are get­ting bad; you can’t en­ter our toi­lets be­cause of their poor con­di­tion, the same thing with our emer­gency ward. The en­tire en­vi­ron­ment is be­com­ing less con­ducive for ef­fec­tive treat­ment of pa­tients. Pa­tients are made to sleep on bare floor and buy­ing sub­stan­dard drugs. We want the man­age­ment to sit up and ad­dress these is­sues. Pa­tients de­serve bet­ter ser­vices be­cause they are the gen­uine own­ers of the hos­pi­tal’’, he said.

He also al­leged that re­sources of the hos­pi­tal had been mis­man­aged by few in­di­vid­u­als, in­stead of be­ing used to im­prove ser­vices.

On their salary and al­lowances, he said they were de­mand­ing full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ear­lier agree­ment reached and signed by the two par­ties in ad­di­tion to other re­lated cir­cu­lars is­sued by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health.

Re­act­ing, the chair­man, Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Dr. Anas Sadir, re­futed the claims, say­ing the hos­pi­tal has been liv­ing up to its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

He also said that even with the re­cent in­cre­ment, ‘‘the charges are rea­son­able com­pared to other hos­pi­tals in the coun­try’’.

On salaries, Sadir said the man­age­ment had im­ple­mented all the cir­cu­lars to that ef­fect. He ap­pealed to the doc­tors to re­con­sider their ac­tion and re­turn to work, say­ing their in­dus­trial ac­tion is paralysing ac­tiv­i­ties at the hos­pi­tal.

He ad­vised them to em­brace di­a­logue which he said is the best way of re­solv­ing con­tentious is­sue.

Our cor­re­spon­dent, who was at the hos­pi­tal ob­served some pa­tients leav­ing for other hos­pi­tals.

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