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Tuesday 14th July 2020,
Hope for Nigeria

Hospitals count loses as health workers strike persists

As the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and federal government failed to reach a consensus, teaching hospitals across the country have lamented on the damage the action posed on the health sector.

The health workers who embarked on a nationwide strike on April 17 are protesting for the adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) scale, specialist allowance, same scale promotion, employment of additional health professionals, implementation of court judgements, enhanced entry point, upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65.

When the Guardian visited one of the federal hospital, it was observed that the activities were at minimal as only doctors were seen attending to patients.

Interacting with a worker at the facility who pleaded anonymity, she said that the hospital have lost a lot due to ongoing strike actions. She explained to the guardian that a lot of lives have been lost, expiration of blood and drugs at its maximum because of lack of the customers.

She also lamented, on loss of training period because teaching hospitals are there to train doctors and carry out research but during this moment of strike training period are lost thereby giving room to the graduation of quacks as medical personnel. “There are areas lecturers will not touch, but you will come to exam and see it.

As at time they present it to you, you are a quack so it has a future effect. The government should look into it holistically.” She said.

She added: “Also, revenues to the hospital are lost; patient’s confidence is also lost because some patients do not have confidence in these hospitals where we have experts.

After the strike we normally see people calling to ask if the hospital is in strike. These are some of the issues because we have lost their confidence.

“Since the federal government approved the Public Private Partnership (PPP) some of the companies in this partnership with the hospitals are losing revenue and also breach of contract.”

When asked if the number of deaths increased as a result of the strike, she claimed not have the exact figure, though predicting the number of deaths will be enormous.

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