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Friday, 20 April 2018

Patients leave hospitals as JOHESU strike lingers.




Patients in tertiary health institutions in Cross River State are now leaving hospitals in large numbers as JOHESU strike lingers.
  Daily post correspondent who visited some health institutions in the state observed that some of the hospital beds were empty.The Chairman, Committee of Chief Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals and Medical Centres, Prof Thomas Agan regretted the strike action embarked upon by JOHESU.
According to him , “This strike, has reduced the number of patient to about 75% compared to what is used to be because there has never been a time where the ward has not been less than 80% filled he said.
As I’ve always said, it’s unfortunate. It’s a strike that is arising out of demand of improved welfare of the health worker.
“It is true that JOHESU had placed demands on the federal government and I am aware that they had an MoU which was to be executed either fully or partly and as I’m made to understand, none of the conditions was adhered to by the government.He said that JOHESU went out on strike because of anger that the government seems not to be listening to them. “It’s unfortunate that many people will lose their lives both old and young.
“Very unfortunate and I sincerely regret and feel bad that the health sector is being paralyzed because of welfare matters. It’s just the major operations that we cannot carry out right now.
He said that a lot of patients have requested to go home and you cannot keep the patients because if anything goes wrong, he has the right to sue.
On revenue, the CMD lamented that revenue in the hospital has crashed, “Definitely revenue has crashed beyond what you are expecting because you know even those who are supposed to make bills and bring the revenue in have to go on strike. It’s an unfortunate situation.

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