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By Ernest Omoarelojie
For the umpteenth time, anxiety is building up in the health sector as patients are once again gripped by fear and anxiety as they contend with another doctor’s strike. The doctors, under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors, NARDS, begun their strike in public health facilities on Monday, August 2, 2021.
In a statement issued by NARD President, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the decision to launch the strike was taken at the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Umuahia, Abia State, at the weekend.
The doctors’ strike is coming amid threats by consultants, under the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, MDCAN, umbrella, served notice go on strike on August 16 if governments ignore their demands.
On his part, MDCAN President, Prof. Ken Ozoilo, disclosed that his decision decided to go on strike following a decision taken at the end of end of an emergency NEC meeting in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
As it is the case with each industrial action, NARDS’ ongoing strike is throwing the Nigerian healthcare sector into chaos with patients the worse hit victims. Already, those with means have moved out of public to private hospitals following the strike action. For the now, only time can tell how long the strike will last.
Meanwhile, the Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, MDPDT, disclosed yesterday that no fewer than 31 health professionals, made up of medical doctors and dentists are to appear before it for alleged professional misconduct.
Their trial is coming amidst complaints of professional misconduct by unsatisfied patients, most of whom alleged the doctors abused professional ethics or code while treating them.
According to MDPDT, the trial, which starts on Monday, August 2, 2021, will be on till Thursday, August 5. The Tribunal insists the trial will provide opportunities for the accused doctors to defend themselves either in person or alongside their legal counsels.
While the trial will be first for 25 doctors, two are billed to submit written addresses for possible adoption. Four others are facing final judgements over previous cases following the successful completion of their trials by the Tribunal.
“Some of the doctors may be convicted because of indisputable facts about their cases, and they risk the withdrawal of their practicing licences,” an MDCN source disclosed.