By Amos Okioma, Yenagoa
The nationwide strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions, (JOHESU), in both tertiary, secondary and primary health care centres across recorded full compliance and has paralyzed activities at the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Yenagoa.
When our correspondent visited the medical facility, the hospital looked like a ghost town as everywhere was deserted. Meanwhile, the leadership of JOHESU, FMC, Yenagoa chapter, monitored closely the entrance of the hospital to ensure that none of their members goes contrary to the strike order.
A police patrol van was seen stationed at the hospital gate, apparently to forestall any break down of law and order.
Comrade Oginike Lantin, the Acting chairman of JOHESU, FMC, Yenagoa chapter, in an interview with AUTHORITY posited that the strike was an aftermath of the inability of the federal government to honour the agreement it reached with the union on September 30, 2017.
He further said the strike has 100 percent compliance by his members, adding that it is only the doctors that are on duty.
He, however, pleaded with the federal government to look into the agreement and do the needful so that the strike could be suspended.
He also lamented the negative impact of the strike on patients, advising them to take their destinies in their own hands.
“We are really sympathizing with our teeming patients who have been trooping in. We see what they are passing through, but we had to take our destinies in our own hands,” the JOHESU leader stated.
While reacting to the presence of the police at the gate, he said they found it curious to see the police van for the first time at the hospital premises, insisting that since the strike started, it has been peaceful.
However, the Spokesman of the hospital, Mr. Akpedi Benard, in an interview pleaded with the federal government to attend to the demands of the striking unions so that normal medical services could resume in the health facility.
He said the FMC is the only tertiary health facility owned by the federal government in Bayelsa rendering more than 80 percent clinical services to Bayelsans.