Patients groan over lack of medical attention in UPTH following resident doctor’s strike

Skeletal services have continued at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching hospital, despite the order by the National Industrial Court ordering the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD to suspend its almost one month nationwide strike.

Only consultants were attending to a few patients leaving many others stranded on Tuesday.

At the general outpatient unit, only about two doctors were available to attend to less than twenty patients documented for the day.

One of the stranded patients who expressed frustration at the development said, “I feel sad because I was supposed to run a test today but because they are on strike I could not run the test so it affected me most.”

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Another patient lamented thus, “After the news that we heard yesterday that they have been asked to come back, we came here hoping that we will see doctors to attend to us. I am not happy knowing that they are not here”

Meanwhile; a resident doctor has urged the NARD not to succumb to the Industrial Court Ruling, describing it as a “stampede of their demands.”