Doctors Send Patients Home As Strike Enters Day 2

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Patients were this morning discharged from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, their state of health regardless, following the five-day nationwide warning strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Patients hurriedly discharged were said to have been told to come back for treatment on Sunday.

A patient who spoke to PMNews, Mopelola Otunoye, accompanied by her two daughters, lamented the pain she was going through.

“I will now have to go back in pains. They are sending me back home for another five days. The Federal Government should please try to meet the demands of the doctors so that we will not die at home before the strike is called of,” she pleaded.

Speaking outside the hospital, mother of a discharged patient, Yetunde Ifeoluwa, told PMNEWS that she was asked to go home by the officials of the hospital because doctors were on strike.

“I have an appointment with the doctor today for special shoes for my child who cannot walk. But on getting to the hospital I was told to go back and return on Sunday because doctors are on strike. I have been carrying him on my back since he was born. The doctor said that I should come today for the shoes but I was turned back at the gate by officials of the hospital,” she said.

Doctors nationwide embarked on a warning strike yesterday, to protest the Federal Government’s failure to address the association’s demands. The warning strike will end on Sunday.The doctors will however embark on an indefinite strike next year, if the government fails to accede to their demands.

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