The Chief Medical Direc
tor, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Prof Aaron Ojule, has assured that the almost two-weeks industrial strike action embarked upon by the University’s branch of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) would be called off today.
Ojule, who revealed this in a telephone chat with The Tide in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, said the strike action had lingered following the crisis rocking the institution.
“It is because of the crisis in the university that the strike is delayed. It would have been called off yesterday but for the problem by Wednesday it will be called off,” Ojule said.
Ojule further stated that the doctors and other staff of the hospital are on ground and working, assuring that the hospitals activities would return to normalcy.
Meanwhile, some medical doctors in the hospital who spoke on the condition of anonymity expressed hope that while the strike is being called off, the situation should not repeat itself saying, “it’s not an interesting thing working without nurses and other essential staff in the hospital”.
Maintaining that health service delivery is a teamwork, the doctors urged the JOHESU and management to hold in high esteem the fact that their services involve the saving of lives and work towards ending the incessant strike actions in the UPTH as well as other hospitals across the nation.
It would be recalled that the JOHESU strike action which started on March 31, on the grounds of unpaid allowances for over four years, non-funtional and management of some departments, lack of essential drugs in the pharmacy department among others had left many patients unattended to thereby causing congestion in the state government owned hospital, the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMH) and other private hospitals within the period.
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