Resident Doctors Strike: Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara To Continue Attending To Patients
    /    September 8, 2017   /    0 Comments  /    748 Views

As part of measures to mitigate the effects of the on-going indefinite strike action embarked upon on Monday, September 4, 2017, by Resident Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the Delta State government has directed the Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara to continue rendering services to patients.

This is contained in a Statement signed by Mr. Ojebo Donald, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Health, Asaba.

According to the statement, the hospital remains operational to enable it attend to the health needs of patients as outpatient services are still running as well as the diagnostic services such as the radiology and laboratory services.

It further stated that patients who had been on admission were not asked to leave the wards but, said the hospital would not be able to admit new patients into the wards due to the strike action.

Patients so far have commended the government and hospital management for the services provided in spite of the strike.

The statement re-echoed the State Government position on the strike action that dialogue remains the best means of resolving industrial disputes and urged the Doctors to always avail themselves of government’s open door policy of resolving industrial disputes and to avoid strikes in future.

The Government of Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa remains committed to meeting the health needs of all Deltans and residents alike which is evident in its creation of an enabling environment for health personnel in the institution to continue to render quality and affordable services.

Amongst this is the appointment of a new Chief Medical Director ((CMD) to pilot the affairs of the hospital, approval and release of over N200m as grant to address some major issues facing the institution, approval of skipping for Medical Doctors, reinstatement of teaching allowance for Resident Doctors and upward review of the entry point for newly employed Consultants from Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) 5 Step 4 to Step 6.

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