Resident Doctors At FMC Lokoja Protest Poor Health Systems

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has joined the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.

Briefing pressmen, the Lokoja ARD President, Dr. Obohwemu Kennedy, said that his members were part and parcel of the NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.

The doctors, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions to press home thier demands from the Federal Government.

On December 19, 2016, NARD gave the Federal Government up to January 2, to implement the National Health Act, 2014, while asking it to also address the lingering issues affecting the health sector, especially as it affects resident doctors.

Explaining further about the reason for the protest, Obohwemu lamented the pitiable state of Nigeria’s health system, citing the need for the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent massive exodus of doctors to the outside world for greener pastures.

“Apart from the fact that we are following instructions from our national body, we believe it is time to take the bull by the horn and address these persistent problems once and for all.

“Let the whole world know what resident doctors are going through- Our patients deserve the best of healthcare delivery.

“We cannot do that when we, the healthcare providers, are not in the right frame of mind.

“The medical profession is going through the toughest of times in the recent years, our black jackets and black bands, symbolise the death of our healthcare delivery system.

“We asked for resurrection, a revamping of the system, such that the average Nigerians can confidently access quality healthcare at affordable rates.”

Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director, Dr. Taiwo Olaoluwa who calmed the protesters, said their demands were not out of place.

Although he explained that the hospital was mourning as a result of the death of a Chief Nursing Officer, he then assured them that the Federal Government was working out solutions to their demands.

Medical Experts Want Rural Dwellers’ Access To Health Insurance

Bakassi, Cross RiverSome medical experts in Nigeria are asking the government to empower the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable people at the rural areas have access to affordable medical treatment.

They believe that the decision would cushion the effect of recession in the health sector.

The Provost of the College of Medicine in Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Professor Oluwadiya Kehinde, made the request over the weekend while delivering a lecture on the “Impact of Present Economic Challenges on Health Indices in Nigeria and Medical Practice in Nigeria as a whole”.

It was organised by the Association of Resident doctors, LAUTECH, Osogbo chapter.

According to him, the economic situation in Nigeria has led to an increase in prices of commodities, including drugs. This, he said, was making people, who could not afford medicine, go for cheaper ones which were mostly counterfeits.

“Government spends less than what is needed on each person’s health annually. Government is spending an average of $31 but in order for the government to provide just the basic health need of an average Nigerian, they should be spending $86 ‎per person. This means that the government is only spending 36 per cent of what it’s supposed to spend”.

He further insisted that the “government should spend five per cent of their country’s GDP on health.

“In 2013, statistics showed that the government only spent one per cent on Nigeria’s GDP on health, a figure which has remained unchanged since 1995.

“Please, note that there is a difference between GDP and budget. Nigeria has spent eight point something on the budget but when you look at the GDP in general,  it is only one per cent that Nigeria has been spending since 1995 when ideally it should be spending five per cent,”he said.

According to him, part of the reasons. For Nigeria’s low performance is that most of the GDP does not to through the government.

Currently Nigeria ranks the very lowest in the world on government revenue as a percentage of GDP and one of the reasons it is so is because our tax system is extremely poor. If Nigeria has the same efficient tax structure as Lagos, then government can generate more and invest in the health sector,” he advised.

 

He further pointed out that “if the government can have the political will to invest in health,it will outlast this recession”.

Professor Oluwadiya, who encouraged the resident doctors to continue to uphold professionalism in rendering medical service to their ailing patients, also advised them to make positive use of the period.

The president of the association, Dr Olayinka Owolabi, in an interview said the need to encourage members to understand Nigeria’s current status informed the topic and the gathering.

“In this period of recession, in this period of economic challenges, there is the tendency for our people to actually ‎access alternative healthcare services. They now patronise religious centres and traditional medicine for things they should ordinarily go to the hospital for.

“This has been going on for a while since the crisis in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Osogbo that happens to be the major tertiary healthcare institution in the state. We still want to call on the state government to see health as wealth,” he said.

The Vice President of ARD, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Dr Akintunde Olugbenga, also stated that “from policy point of view, the government could bring forward events and policy changes that would increase access to health, especially with decreasing patronage of government hospital because of lack of funds by providing universal Health Insurance coverage for more Nigerians.

“This is one of the important tools to achieve this,”he told Channels Television.

To him “prompt payment of salaries of healthcare officers could go a long way in reducing the effects and shocks of recession on all the workers so they can give maximum output to the care of patients”.

FG Advised To Allocate More Funds To Health Sector

Health, RecessionThe Nigerian Government has been advised to improve on its funding of the health sector projects and schemes to benefit citizens, particularly the less privileged in the face of the recession.

The Provost at the College of Medicine, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Professor Oluwadiya Kehinde, made the recommendation while delivering a lecture in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

He noted that health programmes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) should be strengthened, to allow people in the rural areas get affordable medical treatment.

The Provost said since recession has reduced the purchasing power of the people, the intervention of government was essential for them to access health facilities.

He noted that Nigeria’s economic situation has led to increase in the prices of drugs, saying the situation has made people who could not afford them go for cheaper ones which he said were mostly counterfeits.

Professor Oluwadiya encouraged the resident doctors to continue to uphold professionalism in rendering medical service to their ailing patients and also make positive use of the period.

The event was the annual meeting of members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECHTH) where they deliberated on the effect of Nigeria’s economic challenges on the health sector.

The theme for this year’s meeting is the “Impact of Present Economic Challenges on Health Indices in Nigeria and Medical Practice in Nigeria as a Whole”.

The ARD LAUTECHTH President, Dr. Adeyinka Owolabi, said the need to encourage members in understanding Nigeria’s current status informed the topic and the gathering.

FMC Owerri Resident Doctors Threaten Indefinite Strike

Resident Doctors, FMC Owerri, StrikeResident doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owerri, Imo State have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike in no distant time.

The medics say they would commence the industrial action if the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health fails to meet their demands which have continued to linger for a long period of time.

The President of Association of Resident Doctors at the hospital, Dr. Victor Dike, gave the warning on Friday on behalf of his colleagues in the Imo State capital, south-east Nigeria.

He claimed members of the association were being owed their December 2015 salaries and were yet to be paid their arrears accruing between five to 15 months.

The resident doctors lamented that they have been short-changed and marginalised in their remuneration, saying it only affected the chapter of the association in Nigeria.

He urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, dissolve the present interim management committee of the institution.

The medics appealed for the appointment of a permanent Managing Director for the centre, stressing that the present interim management committee have limited powers to carry out some constitutional functions.

ABUTH Doctors Begin Three Days Warning Strike

Doctors, ABUTH, Strike, HospltalResident doctors at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria in Kaduna State on Monday commenced a three-day warning strike.

The President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the hospital, Dr. Waziri Aliyu, said the strike was the last option to press home their demands.

The doctors had last week Monday, staged a peaceful protest in view of the fact that the management was not willing to yield to their requests.

Some of the anomalies they are protesting against are poor working environment and facilities, non-payment of full salaries and allowances, victimisation of members and reinstatement of sacked colleagues among others.

Dr. Aliyu commended the courage of members of the union for their total compliance.

He urged them to remain resolute and endure the difficulties they might encounter during the period.

Outstanding Salaries: ABUTH Doctors Threaten To Begin Indefinite Strike

hospitalThe Association of Resident Doctors at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria in Kaduna State has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if their outstanding salaries are not paid by the end of August 2016.

They are also asking the government to address what they referred to as ‘deplorable state of facilities’ at the hospital.

At a meeting held after a peaceful protest on Monday, the President of the Association, Dr Waziri Aliyu, accused the hospital’s management of short-changing doctors of their rightful entitlements and victimising some of their members.

He also expresses displeasure over the poor environmental sanitation at the hospital.

The union said the doctors’ salaries had not been paid in full since 2013.

Marching from one department to another, the group appealed to the management to re-instate their sacked colleagues and immediately commence payment of all outstanding courses and examination allowances, fix the leaking sewages and clear all the grasses among others.

The doctors further claimed that their salaries were not at par with that of their colleagues in other teaching hospitals across Nigeria, a situation they said made them one of the least paid medical workers at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.

The resident doctors said it was the first time they would be embarking on an industrial action to press their demands.

Pending any last minute resolution with the management, they vowed that nothing short of the management addressing all their demands would deter them from embarking on an indefinite strike at the end of August.

Reacting to the issues and demands raised by the resident doctors, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Lawal Khalid, attributed the non-payment of their outstanding entitlements to lack of funds.

He appealed to the doctors to shelve the planned strike, assuring them that all outstanding emoluments would be paid to them as soon as funds were available.

 

Industrial Action: Osun Doctors, Government Seek Resolution

osun doctorsThe national leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and ‎the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have commenced talks with the Osun State government on the possibility of ending the industrial action by doctors in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

The doctors had embarked on the strike demanding for payment of full salaries, implementation of CONMESS and autonomy for LAUTECH teaching hospital, Osogbo.

At the meeting held at the state secretariat, Abere, all parties in the deliberation agreed that the part payment of salaries was temporary and the state government would pay when the economy of the state improves.

The National President of the Association of Resident doctors, Mohammed Askira, expressed optimism that the deliberation was yielding some level of progress.

Dr Askira stated that the doctors would comply with the state government’s decision even if it decides to carry out the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff to Osun State Government, Gboyega Oyetola, has urged the doctors to exercise patience with the government and return to work.

Resident Doctor’s Strike Enters Second Day

Lagos state doctorsThe three-day warning strike by Association of Resident Doctors has entered its second day on Tuesday.

A visit to the University of  Uyo Teaching Hospital confirmed that while other medical workers were busy carrying out their normal duties, no resident doctor was on duty.

The chairman, Association of Resident Doctors in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Dolapo Shittu, listed his association’s demands to include adequate training of its members, review of their allowances by government, relativity specialisation and the need to redress the victimisation of its members at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.

Dr. Shittu assured Nigerians that their decision was in the best interest of the country.

According to Shittu, a total and indefinite strike is scheduled to commence on July 1 if the issues were not resolved before then.

National Eye Centre Resident Doctors Resume Strike

Resident Doctors of the National Eye Centre in Kaduna have resumed an earlier suspended strike over non-payment of skipping allowances. nigerian_hospital-731942

The President, Association of Resident Doctors, National Eye Centre Chapter, Dr. Dawa Sambo said the strike commenced April 1, 2014 in line with the directive given by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) which ordered, all local affiliates to ensure the implementation of payment of allowances to doctors in their hospitals.

Dr. Sambo wondered why medical doctors were sidelined in the payment of allowances by management of the Eye Centre while other health workers are enjoying the same allowance.

According to the union, the strike was the last resort for them, as all other measures to make the hospital management pay their allowances had failed.

The doctors have vowed not to resume work until their entitlements are paid.

Edo Govt. Reacts To NMA 21 Day Ultimatum

The Edo State Government has responded to the 21 day ultimatum given by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, the Special Adviser on Media to the State Governor, Mister Kassim Afegbua, said that the Government was already in discussion with the Medical and Health Workers Union and the Association of Resident Doctors over the issues they raised.

However, he made it clear to the two groups that the Government can only address their demand according to resources available.

He emphasized that the Edo State Government was not in dispute with the NMA and would do what was right and justifiable.

Afegbua also alleged that the NMA was on a mission to embarrass and blackmail the Government, and play politics with the lives of the people of Edo State.

“Whilst the NMA has suspended its nationwide strike, it is not only curious and ridiculous that they have issued a 21-day ultimatum in Edo State, it goes to suggest also that they have ulterior motives”, he said.

UCH Doctors Embark On Strike Over Attacks By Motorists

The Association of Resident Doctors, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday declared a three-day strike in protest against an attack on two of their members by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State.

Some doctors were among persons allegedly attacked by NURTW members while waiting to receive the body of their Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Kamorudeen Beyioku, who was shot earlier in the week by unknown gunmen.

President of the Resident Doctors in UCH, Dr. Tunde Babasanya, during a media conference on Monday explained his members had resolved to embark on a three-day strike to express their anger at the treatment meted out to doctors at the hospital.

“It is sad and the situation is getting out of hand. Many of our members have been victimised and the undeserving treatment is fast becoming a norm” he said.

“Last year, a doctor was attacked with gun at the Accident and Emergency Unit. That same year, a female doctor was dragged on the floor, while another doctor was reportedly beaten up at the Children Emergency Unit.

“We agreed on a 72-hour strike, believing that the management would meet us midway before the expiration of the strike and we would review the situation. The action is directed at sending a message to the transport union members to stop harassing us.”

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, condemned the action of the association, saying “we came to work this morning only to meet an illegal strike action by the resident doctors.

“We managed an important personality who had a gunshot wound to his upper tummy. We removed the bullets in his abdominal cavity and he was responding well until we discovered that he had renal impairment. He had the first dialysis and while he was about to receive the second one, he had cardiac arrest and passed away.

“It was between the process of autopsy and the release of his remains for burial that a medical officer was assaulted. While we are not in support of this we are also not in support of the strike. Strike is not the solution. When there is dispute, the proper thing is to report to the authorities. But there was no formal report in this case.”