UCH doctors call off strike

The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan suspended its strike on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association last Wednesday embarked upon a three-day warning strike following an assault of a colleague by a patient’s relation on Sunday.

But, their President, Dr John Oladapo, and General Secretary, Dr Gboyega Ajibola, as well as other executive members, have all agreed to call off the strike.

“The strike, having run its full course of a maximum of 72 hours, has ended on Saturday morning.

“All members are to commence work and be at their duty posts Saturday morning,” the association stated in the communique.

It added that the two men who assaulted one of their members at the hospital’s Emergency Department have been remanded at the Agodi Correctional facility in Ibadan.

“They were awaiting the perfection of their bail conditions, following their being charged to court.

“Our executive council swung into action since the assault, which includes closely following proceedings at the correctional centre to ensure justice is obtained for our affected member,” it said.

The ARD-UCH disclosed that it also widely engaged the media to inform the public about the situation, the strike and the association’s demand.

“The doctors also engaged the UCH management, calling attention to the acute problem of chronic manpower shortage in the hospital affecting all the members.

“The association brought the spotlight on the departments of Haematology and Paediatrics.

“Actions are being taken to rectify this and the process has commenced for the employment of more doctors.

“We are continuing our engagement with the management on the improvement of the security architecture of the hospital, laying emphatic demands on flashpoints like the emergency department, ICU, labour ward, et cetera,” the association added.

It also disclosed that Dr Luqman Lawal, the assaulted doctor, has been granted time off work as demanded by their congress.

“The executive council will continue to work with all stakeholders to bring succour and improve our welfare.

“We will continue to serve the public and give our best to all patients,” the association said.

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