Medical doctors working in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors have begun a five-day warning strike.
The body said the action is as a result of attacks on its members by relatives of patients.
The latest of such attack was said to have happened last week, when relatives of a deceased patient held a doctor hostage for two hours, amidst torture.
In a communique signed by the President and Cecretary of the group, Dr Ndukwe Chinwe and Dr Egbue Obiora, after an emergency general meeting, the group decried the incessant assaults, saying it has gone on, unattended.
Part of the communique issued by the group read, “The Association of Resident Doctors, NAUTH, Nnewi, had an emergency general meeting on January 24, 2023, following the physical assault and near-death experience of its member. The meeting which had over 100 members present, made the following observations.
“A five-day total shutdown of clinical and emergency services has been issued by Congress, commencing from (6am Wednesday) January 25, 2023 and ends on (8am Monday) 30th January 2023.
“The Congress insists that Management should ensure prosecution of the culprits involved in this dastardly act so as to serve as a deterrent to others in the future.
“The security architecture of the hospital needs to be overhauled and replaced with able bodied unarmed local vigilante or civil defense operatives.
“Management as a matter of urgency needs to recruit more resident doctors and medical officers so as to increase manpower and improve service delivery.
“Management should enforce strict adherence to visiting time, and no patient relative should be allowed in the ward outside of the visiting time.
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