Resident doctors begin 3-day warning strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on Tuesday commenced a three-day warning strike over an alleged assault of one of its members by the family of a patient.

The President, ARD-UITH, Dr. Lanre Olosunde, who disclosed this to newsmen in Ilorin, said a member of the association was attacked and sustained a physical and psychological injury, NAN reports.

He explained that such assault could have caused more serious injuries or even resulted in the death of the doctor.

“The assailant also issued a threat to mobilize thugs from town to stage another attack on the staff of the Accident and Emergency unit,” he said.

“The crowd control at the Accident and Emergency Unit and other service points is still grossly poor.

“It has the potential of causing similar security breaches in the future and also facilitates the hospital spread of infections.

“The unavailability of required Personal Protective Equipment for the protection of doctors at the A&E was identified as a factor that would continue to fuel delays in the delivery of emergency services and hence increase perceived neglect of patients and their relatives,” he added.

According to him, the police officers and other security personnel in UITH have resorted to deliberately putting the blame on the doctors that were assaulted rather that objectively investigating the matter and making necessary arrests.

He also said the warning strike is not to punish patients but hoping that necessary safety measures for members would be put in place by the hospital.

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