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Strike: We are not attending to patients – Abuja hospital staff

Patients at the Kubwa General Hospital have been left stranded as medical personnel have declined to attend to them in keeping with the enforced strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress commenced an industrial strike action on Monday, to protest the N60,000 minimum wage proposal by the Federal Government.

While the gates of the hospital were opened, our correspondent observed a couple of nurses who packed up their bags to leave, although it could not be confirmed if it was simply the end of their shift.

A hospital staff at the Radiology Unit, informed patients who came for scans, that the hospital would not be attending to patients, as a result of the strike.

“We are not attending to patients today, because of the strike”, she told the patients.

A patient at the Pharmacy unit of the Accident and Emergency Wards, who did not give her name, lamented that she had made payments, but was declined the medication, and a refund of her money, as the unit had closed because of the strike.

“They collected money and refused to give us the drugs. Even the medicine too. If they knew they wouldn’t attend to anyone because of the strike, why did they open?” she said.

While the Post-Natal ward and Laboratory Units seemed to be operating per usual, our correspondent gathered that the hospital staff were attempting to attend to as many patients as possible, before the Labour unions would arrive to enforce the strike.


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