19th August, 2010
Lagosians have appealed to striking doctors in the Lagos State General Hospitals, South West of Nigeria to immediately call off their one week old strike.
At Orile-Agege General Hospital today, many of the patients who came to see doctors were disappointed as there was no one to attend to them, while they called on the doctors to end the strike and return to work in the interest of the masses.
Mr. Raphael Iliaro, who spoke to P.M. NEWS at the hospital, said it was now time for the doctors to consider the interest of the masses by calling off the strike and also appealed to government to meet their demands.
â€œThey should call off the strike; they should obey the court unless they have a contrary order.Â Â Government should also attend to their needs.Â Â The patients are at the receiving end of this strike,â€ he said.
According to Mrs Williams Elizabeth, who brought her child who had Sickle Cell to the hospital, the doctors should call off the strike, saying that she came all the way from Iyana Iyesi and that there was no doctor to attend to her child.
Mr. Pius Ojojoh, a resident of Abule Egba said the strike was long overdue and that the doctors should call it off in order to prevent people from dying, while government should set machinery in motion to meet the needs of the doctors.
â€œIt is very bad for doctors to go on strike since they know that their profession is the bedrock of the nation,â€ he said.
Mrs. Judith Smart begged the striking doctors to consider the suffering masses and call off the strike in order to save lives, adding that many people could not go to the hospital for treatment because of the strike.
Also, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwobi said that if the doctors did not call off the strike on time, several patients might die, while Mrs. Oluchi Omechi added that the strike should be called off now in order to avert disaster.
Mrs. Barikisu Oyeleke, a nursing mother brought her child to the Orile-Agege General Hospital to see the doctor for medical check-up but was disappointed that there was no doctor to attend to her.Â She made a passionate appeal to the doctors to end the strike so that her child could be treated.
Likewise, Mrs. Eunice Nwambo, a pregnant woman said the health of the people should be paramount to the doctors and begged them to call off the strike, adding that she had been at the hospital to see a doctor but could not due to the strike.
The court had yesterday ordered the doctors to call off the strike and return to work not later than tomorrow and also asked the Lagos State Government to officially write to the doctors before they could call off the strike.
As at the time of this report, a source in the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD told P.M.NEWS that they were yet to see any letter from the state government.