Staff of the Imo State Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) in Orlu, Monday, commenced an indefinite strike in line with their vow to proceed with the action at the end of an earlier warning strike embarked upon to ask the state government to give a satisfactory response to their demands.
The workers had gone on a three-day warning strike last week in order to give a red alert to Governor Okorocha who they say has persistently treated them with indifference and disdain.
The industrial action has forced patients to be moved out of the hospital as only a few consultants were providing skeletal services.
One of the affected sick people who was denied access to the hospital shed tears and said: “My children have tried the much they can. This morning, they took me to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri for treatment and possibly for admission. We were told that the FMC, Owerri was also shut down for a long time; we were denied access to the doctors. We moved to this IMSUTH in the hope of getting adequate attention, but we have also been told that IMSUTH is also on an indefinite strike. I can now go home and die.”
As it is, the workers of the two major hospitals in Imo State are now on an indefinite strike.
The two hospitals are the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri and the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu.