As the strike action embarked upon by the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) persisted, patients that moved in drove to General Hospital, Calabar increased the activities in the Hospital. Daily Post reports.
Investigations revealed that the health facility battled seriously to meet up with the increasing demand and this has stretched the facilities and man power of the institution. Almost all the wards and other areas are fully occupied by patients that left UCTH to the hospital.
Our findings further revealed that the personel including the Doctors and other paramedical staff are putting in extra time and energy trying to meet up with the inflow. National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD)’s strike commenced on Monday and relatives of patients have moved their wards from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) to General Hospital in Calabar and other private institution in the state for health services.
When contacted on phone, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong lamented the strike but said the State Health facility, the General Hospital was equal to the task to handle the influx. “We do have enough hands, Doctors to meet up with the increasing numbers that came in from the UCTH.
“Our Doctors are working round the clock to ensure that adequate health care services are rendered to every patient that comes to the Hospital. Nobody can go untended to; we have what it takes to render these services. Our workers are putting extra energy and resources to meet up with a view to rendering adequate health care services”.
Interestingly, when asked to comment on the strike action embarked upon by NARD, Dr Asibong declined comment saying, “I don’t want to comment on the strike because there are many issues there, we just hope that things work out well and all parties involved resolved it amicably”.
Again her message to her colleagues, Dr Asibong said, “dialogue, dialogue and dialogue, let everybody go to round table and resolve the matter and soonest it will help us”.