Patients Groan As Doctors’ Strike Paralyses Ekiti Teaching Hospital


By Olakiitan Victor

The fates patients on admission at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital are now hanging in the balance owing to a strike embarked on by members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) because of unpaid four months salaries.

When journalists visited the university teaching hospital on Saturday, some of the patients complained that the doctors had practically abandoned their duty posts since Monday April 11 and this had deprived them of efficient medical treatments.

Some of the patients, who spoke under anonymity , said those diagnosed for critical ailments had pressed for referral to private hospitals and Federal Teaching Hospital , Ido Ekiti, to prevent sudden death.

A top member of the hospital’s management team who reacted to the strike under anonymity because he was not authorized to speak said:

“We are speaking to the striking doctors , but it seems as if they are recalcitrant , they didn’t want to bow to pressure at all.