Friday, April 23

Patients leave public hospitals as doctors’ strike continues

Patients on admission in government hospitals in Abia State are currently fleeing to private hospitals as the hospital members of the Association of Resident Medical Doctors (ARMD) continue to stay away from work.

According to reports patients with serious medical conditions were advised to seek medical help elsewhere.

Some Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) personnel who prefer to stay anonymous said most patients remaining in the hospital are those who cannot afford private hospitals.

“Resident doctors are like foot soldiers. They are the people who go onward round to examine the patients on admission before the consultants can come in if the need be.

“But since the strike began, the doctors are no longer going forward round. Patients are no longer being attended to. They are leaving in their numbers for private hospitals as a result of the strike,” one of them said


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