Medical Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Katsina are currently converting some of their colleagues to provide services hitherto rendered by members of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to ensure healthcare services are on going at the centre. A visit to the hospital shows that Doctors have manned the registry, labs and injection stations and attending to patients on ground.
Speaking on the development, the Medical Director FMC, Katsina, Dr. Suleiman Bello Mohammed said despite the strike the hospital is striving to provide services saying that ‘ it may not be hundred percent but at least the succour it will give to the patients is enormous’
He said, health service is a team work but in a situation were such working together can’t be found, the Doctors have to compromise by doing others job just to continue to save lives.
‘we don’t have problem with JOHESU, we have to work together but in a condition such not feasible like now during such strikes our junior Doctors have taken up to fill gaps created by the striking workers’ he said
‘When such strikes happens, it’s the common poor man that suffers the brunt, we are trying to maintain services no matter how it is ‘ he added
Other interim measures taken, he said include engagement of some temporal staff to support the doctors to run the several clinics operated at the hospital.
Shedding more lights, the state chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Dr. Muhammed Suleiman said the step down services by the Doctors was not easy but challenging noting that we are doing this for humanity and especially the poor people’
He described the demands of the unrealistic as no where in the world will a Doctors salary be at par with cleaners, nurses and others providing services at hospitals.