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Doctors strike: Bayelsa recorded full compliance, NARD officials

by James Davies

Daniels Igoni

As the five-day warning strike by doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, began today (Wednesday) the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa and the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, all in Bayelsa State, recorded full compliance as doctors stayed away from work.

As witnessed by our correspondent, only consultants and nurses were rendering skeletal medical services in some departments and wards at the two health facilities.

The full compliance was confirmed by the NARD President, FMC, Yenagoa, Dr. Romeo Mbooh, and President of the state-owned NDUTH, Dr. Remember Namara while speaking with our correspondent in separate interviews on the strike.

They said their members were actively participating in the warning strike in compliance with the directive of the national body.

“We are fully in compliance with the strike. Yes, we are fully in compliance,” Namara said.

On his part, Mbooh said, “The strike in FMC Yenagoa is total. It is just that consultants are attending to patients. If consultants were part of the strike, it would have been much more total. But even though consultants are seeing patients, at the level of NARD, it is total.

“We have done a lot of monitoring. We have gone around departments and we saw a lot of our colleagues handing over and discharging patients because sometimes, consultants may not be around and they (resident doctors) need to quickly discharge those patients and possibly refer them so that they will not have lots of morbidity. In so doing, you can say that there is 90 per cent compliance with the strike.”

He described the warning strike as unfortunate, stressing that “ordinarily it ought not to have occurred if it is a system where things are working.”



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