By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria.
The National Association of Resident Doctors, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), has began an idefinite strike beginning today Sept. 17.
In a statement signed by the President, Dr Waziri Aliyu-Dahiru and made available to the Journalists in Zaria, the Doctors said the action became necessary in view of the fact that the management failed to satisfactorily meet their demands.
The statement said the association underwent series of procedures to avoid proceeding on the strike, “however, the management remained adamant to our plights.
“These include; a peaceful protest from hall to accident and emergency, press conference, a three-day warning strike and two-week ultimatum to the management of the hospital to do the right thing.
“Yet, the management only succeeded in constituting a committee under Prof. Abdulmuminu Rafindadi, (former CMD) but at the end of the day, the management failed to address the issues raised,” it added.
It said the essence of undergoing through all the processes above was the feeling and concern the association has for its clients (patients), “however, we cannot do otherwise as the hospital management is not ready to listen.”
It could be recalled that the aggrieved doctors have exhausted all avenues of possible reconciliation but at the end of the day headway was not feasible.
When contacted, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Lawal Khalid said the whole idea behind the resident doctors’ strike
centred around money and nothing else.
“We must be fair to ourselves, as health professionals, we must not consider money above our primary responsibility of care and great concern for the patient, as such, money should be secondary.
“Remember, in Nigeria, there are some workers who spent months without salary, yet they did not embark on strike, but somebody who eats three square meals with meat says he is not contempted because there is no butter in the soup.
“The main issue that all other things revolved around is the issue of skipping of level and we did not get money from the Federal Government, this issue took us up to budget office, Abuja and this is not peculiar to ABUTH, because it affects many hospitals across Nigeria.
“However, we’ve been able to meet some of the demands raised by the doctors as a result of a committee we formed involving elders of the hospital who sat with them to find a lasting solution,” he said.
ABUTH Resident Doctors begin indefinite strike
By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria.