Asokoro Hospital Void Of Activities Over JOHESU Strike
Patients have lamented the reception at the Asokoro Hospital in Abuja going by the ongoing Joint Health Workers Strike.
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NIGERIA NEWS recalled that although the strike involved all health Workers apart from Medical doctors, they still do not resume on time to cushion the effect of the strike.
One Hassan Abubakar expressed his ordeal revealing that he got to the Hospital at 5:30 am but have not been attended to as at 9:30 am
According to him, “I met an emergency case here when I came, but there was no doctor around to attend to him. The person at the emergency unit kept trying to get the doctor but kept on saying he could not reach the doctor because his number was switched off. This is so bad.”
“We all know the health workers are on strike and doctors are meant to be available 24 hours at the emergency unit, unfortunately, this is not the case. I had to advise the relatives to take the man to a private hospital and not mind the cost of the treatment they seek at Askoro is not forthcoming.”
Reports reveal that since the commencement of the JOHESU strike, several health centers have been closed down.
Abubakar narrated his experience further, “Only two doctors are around in the consultation rooms. There are eight consultation rooms where there should be two doctors each, unfortunately, only two people are on duty as I speak. This is unfair, doctors should always be on ground in the hospital, they come in anytime they like.
“The minister health should resign if he can’t find a lasting solution to the problem in the health sector. The minister of health and FCT needs to be doing a period unannounced invitations to most of the hospitals. That is the only way they can get this hospital running effectively,” he said.
Several patients who also spoke with newsmen expressed their dissatisfaction with the services received leading with the hospitals to spring back up.