Health workers in the
states and Local Government Areas (LGAs) may join their parent body, Joint Health sector unions, (JOHESU), in the on going nationwide in Federal Health Institutions with effect from today.
This, according to the chairman of JOWESU, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Kuesthien Awoibi, in an interview is in furtherance of the decision of the workers that their counterparts in the states and LGAs and being called to join the strike action as a result of lack of solution on the issues that promoted the strike.
According to him, “there had been meetings with stakeholders, but noting positive is coming out so the strike active goes on and our counterparts in the states and LGAs will be joins us on the 28th August 2013”.
The strike is already taking it toll on patrients in the school. A visit to the UPTH shows a reduction in the high human traffic that indicative of the high volume of work at the hospital most of the in and out patient wards, empty.
In an interview, the President , Resident Doctors Association (RDA), UPTH, Prince Dan-Jumbo, said work was gong at the Hospital because doctors were not on strike. Dr Dan – Jumbo, stated that they were coping somehow in the absence of the other health professionals, saying that a doctors oath of ethics clearly states that their patients were important.
He said, “as leader of the health team our training has been such that were are equipped to more on in a situation like this we’re taken an oath that our patients are important and supreme.”
He added, however that the volume of patients, which the hospital usually catered for had hospitals visually catered for had decline and expressed the hope the issues at stake would be resolved quickly. However, business seems to be on the increase for private practitioner according to a Port Harcourt based private practitioner, Okeychukwu Chukwuka, Dr Chukwuka stated, that “cases that ordinarily should go to the teaching hospital now come to us.
He laments however that this sullen influx of patients puts pressure on them and urged the federal government to look into the matter and call for a truce