Doctors in Lagos State government owned hospitals have said that the
indefinite strike action that they commenced Monday was not meant to
make people suffer.
The doctors who were seen partially attending to patients at
some hospitals monitored by our correspondent, said the strike was to
further communicate their grievances to the state government on the issues of unpaid salaries and doctors' welfare.
The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Guild had Monday last week issued a notice on the commencement of indefinite strike in the state after separate 21-day and 3-day ultimatums given to the state government in January and February respectively.
However, medical activities were going on when Daily Trust visited the
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital ( LASUTH) Ikeja to monitor the
Both in and out patients were attended to as an in house patient, Mrs
Ajoke Muraina told our correspondent that the doctors had in the morning conducted routine ward round or check on all the patients on admission.
Also, other patients seeking medical consultations were seen seated as
they waited in turns to see doctors who were on duty to attend to them.
A patient waiting for his turn, Mr. Patrick Omoh, confirmed that the
doctors had been attending to patients.
He said, "As you can see, it's about five people before my turn and since
I got here, a lot of people have been attended to. Although it was when I
got here that I was told that the doctors are on strike, but I don't think
it is affecting their operations, maybe because today is the first day of
The Chairman of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), LASUTH chapter, Dr. Ahmad Sa'ed said the doctors were attending to medical emergencies and a few other cases because the strike was not meant to make people suffer.
According to him, the strike was embarked upon by the doctors to show
their grievances against the state government, "and making them do what is appropriate."
Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo, said that industrial action
was precipitated by the action of the state government who withheld the
doctors' May 2012 and August/September 2014 salaries.
"We are bewildered that the administration ignored all our efforts to
resolve the matter without a strike, and only invited us to talk when we
threatened a strike. There has been little in terms of a positive response
from the administration since the warning strike was concluded," Kufo
If you are happy to be contacted by a Daily Trust journalist please leave a telephone
number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will
be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state
otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures,
video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others,
take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the
terms and conditions.