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UCH resident doctors call off two-month old strike

The striking resident doctors in the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan have resumed work after their two months’ strike.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the hospital on Thursday in Ibadan, observed that the accident and emergency wards deserted during the strike were occupied by patients.

The children emergency ward was also occupied as doctors were seen in large number attending to patients.

One of the patients, Mrs Sylvia Mgbezute, said the doctors had been attending to them.

“Since we brought our mother they have been coming, giving her proper treatment. They are really giving us proper attention,’’ she said.

Mr Samuel Folowosele, another patient, said that there had been a difference since the resident doctors resumed work.

“When they were on strike, patients were asked to go home, no matter their critical condition. But now, they attend to everybody the way they should,’’ he said.

Reacting to the development, Dr Babatunde Babasanya, President of the Association of Resident Doctors, UCH chapter, appealed to the government to complete their payment.

“Though we have started work fully, we still appeal to the Federal Government to pay us fully. They only paid our October and November salaries.

“The one of July, August and September have not been paid,” Babasanya stressed.

The UCH, Chief Information Officer, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, expressed delight at the resumption of work.

“The doctors have fully resumed work, they are attending to patients properly and we thank God for that,” he said.

Meanwhile, the resident doctors, who have been on strike for two months over the non-payment of their four months’ salary, among others, called off the strike on December 3.

Source: Vanguard

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