Strike by some health workers, now in its seventh day, is believed to be taking its toll on the National Hospital Abuja, as medical services are being disrupted, thereby sending many patients away.
Some members of the hospital staff began the strike on February 27 following the management’s refusal to implement the Consolidated Health Salary Structure.
Those involved in the strike are the members of the Abuja chapters of National Hospital Senior Staff Association and the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.
They are demanding the implementation of the condition of service for staff of the hospital, even as they insisted that they be paid their statutory benefits as provided for in the public service rule.
Medical Doctors are however on duty to attend to a few patients in the hospital, as the President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Frank Nwanodu said that doctors are not part of the strike.
“We are not on strike and the reason is that our patients matter most to us and if doctors go on strike, what will happen to the patients on ground. The truth is that the hospital may not be running in full capacity.”