Nigeria: Doctors On Strike In Delta State

Delta State public hospitals had been on strike since Tuesday night. Medical services have not be available as medical doctors are protesting in the state.

They are protesting against what they described as “insensitivity” of the authorities to their demands.

Chairman of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, in the state, Ferdinand Oshonwoh, told newsmen in Asaba on Thursday that one of their demands was the removal of a top official of the Hospital Management Board.

He claimed that the official had introduced “repressive and Draconian policies.”

He said that some of the policies being adopted by the board under the control of the official violated existing laws on workers’ welfare in the public service.

He added that allowances of officers, including out-of-station entitlements, were no longer being paid.

Oshonwoh accused the board of introducing the signing of time book by the doctors and described the policy as “alien” to medical practice. (NAN)

He declared that the strike was indefinite and hinted that other medical personnel, including consultants, might join in the action, if the issues were not promptly handled by the government.

Efforts to reach the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Otumara, have not been successful.

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