Lagos psychiatric doctors embark on indefinite strike, vow not resume until FG acts

Lagos psychiatric doctors embark on indefinite strike, vow not resume until FG acts

- Lagos neuro-psychiatric doctors in Yaba area of the state have embarked on indefinite industrial action

- In a statement issued on Friday, August 2, the doctors lamented that about 40 doctors had exited the hospital within the past 5 years

- The resident doctors, however, said they would not resume work until the FG employs more doctors for the hospital

The resident doctors at the federal neuro-psychiatric hospital in Yaba area of Lagos state have embarked on an indefinite strike action.

Legit.ng reports that the industrial action was embarked upon on Friday, August 2, following a resolution reached at a congress of the association which held on Wednesday, July 31.

The medical practitioners complained of a rising exodus of doctors which has led to a lack of resident doctors to attend to the patients who throng the facility daily as well as poor condition of service.

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In a statement signed by their president, Enifeni A.A and the general secretary, Bodunwa F.A, the doctors said the decision was taken following failure of the hospital management under the leadership of the medical director, Dr. Ogun, to employ more resident doctors to reduce extreme workload on the few doctors that are left to cater for the multitudes of patients who throng the hospital premises on a daily basis

"About 40 doctors exited the hospital within the past 5 years, yet only 15 doctors have been employed within this same period. This has created a severe manpower crisis that has affected service delivery to patients. The hapless doctors are consequently over-worked, succumbing to stress-related illnesses," the statement said.

They identified unduly prolonged water crisis and poor state of infrastructures and facilities, particularly at the Oshodi annex as other issues currently bedeviling the hospital.

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"These are the reasons for which the doctors, who have vowed not to resume duties until new doctors are employed, have resorted to this line of action, and are hereby using this opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the medical director and the ministry of health to do the needful," the statement added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the medical and health workers union of Nigeria urged President Buhari to order the payment of the two-month salaries of its staff allegedly withheld by the federal government.

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