These strike actions, organised by different professional health bodies, erupting in pockets across Nigeria is really an eye opener.
The latest one is coming from The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). It is even coming from none other than the Chief Medical Director, Dr Thomas Agan. The Punch Newspaper quoted him as saying UCTH is the cheapest hospital in the country. He was speaking on the commencement of the industrial action by resident doctors of the tertiary facility.
“The Resident doctors are demanding sponsorship arrears, utility arrears and skipping for doctors. We acknowledge that these are genuine demands but these issues have to do with funding and we are waiting for the federal government to release funds and give us directive on what to do,”
He said the request of the striking doctors is in line but expressly blamed the Federal Government, whom he said has failed to release funds for over head cost.
He alluded to the fact that the hospital management would soon review price of services rendered in the hospital so that they can offset some of the demands of the striking workers. The strike commenced after a 21-Day warning strike had elasped.
It should be recalled that some other tertiary hospitals (like the FMC Owerri, LASUTH etc) have since been on strike. It looks like a systematic attempt to get all tertiary hospitals to join the strike, to an end that remains quite unclear.