Onisha healthcare services in various government hospitals in the country, including Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Asaba, Delta State and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hosptal, NAUTH. Nnewi, Anambra State, are currently suffering a setback following the ongoing strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD.
Consequently, patients on admission in those hospitals are now dying for lack of adequate medical attention, while others are left to their fate. However, only medical consultants are currently attending to patients but given their figure, not all the patients are privileged to receive adequate medical attention.
Among those who have so far died for lack of adequate medical attention at the FMC, Asaba were seven of the 12 victims of May 3, 2016 bizarre gas explosion which rocked Karach Market, Odekpe in Ogbaru local Government area of anambra state, near the commercial city of Onitsha who-were critic y injured by the explosio-n and were admitted at the hospital.
Five other victims, including a 22-year old Alexander Ezenwa from Ogbaru area of Anambra State are currently lying helpless on admission bed at the FMC, even as his health condition in gradually deteriorating as a result of the horrendous degree of burns he sustained from the gas explosion. At the antenatal unit of the FMC, over 50 percent of pregnant women lining up to see the consultants could not succeed, while the accident and emergency unit and outpatient department, OPD where the gas victims were admitted, are desolate.
Another victim of the imdustrial action, Mrs. Ifeoma Okolie, lamented that the husband was on admission at the FMC when then strike started and he was discharged prematurely, adding that two days after his discharge from the hospital, he developed commplications and died at home.
By: Nwabueze Okonkwo
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