Saturday, 24 August 2013

Health Strike: 15 Premature Babies Abandoned In Federal Medical Centre Makurdi

There was pandemonium on Thursday when 15 premature babies who were earlier kept in incubators were abandoned and later discharged from the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi without prior  notice, following the nationwide strike embarked upon by the  Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU)....

The various health unions in Benue State, including staff of the centre, under the aegis of JOHESU commenced an indefinite strike action on Thursday.
The situation caused all hospitals in the agrarian state to shut down to join their counterparts across the country.
It was observed that medical activities were completely paralysed as patients were discharged without notice.
Fifteen babies undergoing incubatory and intensive healthcare services  were also discharged before specified period of incubation.
The mothers of the affected children were stranded in the hospital when our reporter visited, while other patients cried for help, appealing to visitors to come to their aid.
When LEADERSHIP visited the hospital, only medical doctors were seen on duty, but they could not adequately take care of patients as nurses and midwives, as well as other health staff, were all directed to observe the strike.
The chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Comrade Nancy Anyam and various leaders of other health unions, said in a statement that "following the directive from the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to embark on indefinite general strike commencing on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, we are left we no option than to put you on notice that our members are fully mobilised to participate actively in the strike action as directed."

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