Striking health workers: Relatives move patients out of UCH Ibadan

Striking health workers: Relatives move patients out of UCH Ibadan

- Relatives have began moving patients out of the University College Hospital Ibadan

- The move by these relatives followed the continued strike action by health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union

- The patients, gathered, are being moved to various private hospitals across the city

Following the ongoing strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Union last week, medical services at the University College Hospital Ibadan have been put to a stop.

The only ongoing activity in the facility is the movement of patients by relatives to private hospitals in the city, Punch reports.

These patients have moved to the private hospitals to continue for better treatment and care.

It was gathered that the number of patients in various wards of UCH has reduced while some - mostly those whose conditions do not allow them to be moved - were still around.

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Expressing their concerns on the situation, some relatives of the patients evacuated said they were worried over the high cost of treatment at the private hospitals. They, however, said they had no option than to move their relatives before they lose them to death.

One of the relatives, Ajao Adetunji, whose father had spent six weeks at the UCH said his father was too weak to be moved.

Adetunji said himself and his family members defiled all odds to ensure their father was moved.

“We have been asked to go home but my father is very sick and cannot move. We had to wait for him to get a little strength; that is why we waited till today (Tuesday) before moving him. He spent six weeks at UCH, getting treatment for kidney problem. We have to go to a private hospital now but my fear is the cost.

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“Because of the nature of his ailment, we have been advised to go to a private hospital in Lagos but when we made inquiry about what it will cost to treat him, we were shocked at the figure. We have contacted a hospital in Ibadan and that is where we are taking him to," he added.

Speaking on the situation, the spokesperson for UCH, Deji Bobade, said he was locked out of his office by the striking health workers. He said the strike action has affected every department in the hospital.

The strike is really taking its toll on the hospital and the management. As you can see, only the doctors are on skeletal duty because nurses who are to assist them are on strike.

"We only have some senior nurses on ground dressed in mufti to carry out some essential duties. The laboratories are shut. Even our administrative offices are shut, including my office," Bobade said.

PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app earlier reported that JOHESU had announced that it will commence an indefinite strike action by the midnight of Tuesday, April 17.

The union said all health workers except doctors and dentists should desist from attending to patents in the hospitals across the country.

The announcement was made by the national vice president of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, a day before the strike action began.

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