Patients groan as doctors’ strike cripples LUTH, LASUTH

By Jerry Uwah

The nationwide warning strike embarked upon by resident doctors has practically grounded health care delivery in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
Patients not on appointment were not attended to, while the emergency units of the two tertiary health care institutions only managed to run skeletal services.

There were no doctors to attend to patients in the Ante-Natal Clinic and Children Out patients Department.
A patient of LUTH, Mrs. Toyin Akinyele, lamented that when she heard that resident doctors were on strike, she rushed to the hospital thinking that the consultants would still attend to patients.  She, however, added that she was asked to come back after the strike, and that the consultants were only attending to patients who were on appointment.
At LASUTH, a few of the striking resident doctors could be seen hanging around, but they were not attending to any of the teeming patients. The entire burden of healthcare delivery was on the shoulders of the few consultants and the nurses on duty.
The resident doctors are striking for the payment of outstanding allowances and the opening of training opportunities for their colleagues, among other things.  The three-day warning strike started on Monday.

The resident doctors are expected to return to their duty posts on Thursday.  However, the LUTH chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) had resolved at an emergency general meeting last week that their own strike was indefinite.  There were strong indications yesterday that resident doctors in LUTH might not return to their duty posts tomorrow.