Doctors and volunteers from faith based organizations in Gombe State are now rendering services to few patients left in medical facilities following the strike embarked upon by the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) Wednesday morning.
Our correspondent gathered in Gombe that based on the directives from the National Secretariat of the union, all state councils were expected to join the Nationwide strike and include their own peculiar local demands to their State Governments.
The state’s Specialist Hospitals, General and cottage Hospitals as well as Primary Health Care Facilities across the state were all said to have joined the strike action on Wednesday.
Speaking to our correspondent in his office, the Head of Clinical Services in the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Garba Audu Manasseh said the strike has obviously affected the hospital care
According to him, hospital service is a team work and as such, if one person is missing, the impact would be obviously felt.
He sated however, that since Resident Doctors and members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) were not on strike, they have been rendering services and also joined by faith based health organizations.
Few patients were spotted in the Gombe State Specialist Hospital while some of the Wards were under lock and key.
Dr. Manasseh said, they used their discretion to discharge patients whose medical condition’s have improved, reason why the hospital is looking deserted.
“Those needing attention are however receiving the desired attention in some of the wards.
“We have fortified the Accident and Emergency unit because that is the point of entry where services are rendered.
“Doctors are there including some volunteers in mufty who are augmenting the services of the medical Doctors”, he explained.
Speaking to news men, the Gombe state Chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Yusuf Bello, said they received a directive from their National headquarters to join the strike and include their local demands to the State Government.
Among their local demands were for the the full implementation of CONHESS at the local government area just like their state counterparts which was approved in 2012 but was yet to be implemented.
Other demands were the release of promotion letters and the implementation of arrears which were being done selectively; automatic payment of rural posting allowances which now goes through rigorous protocols among other demands.