Doctor's Strike: Patients Desert ESUTH, Seek Medical Attention Elsewhere
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Admitted patients in various wards at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) have left for other hospitals, following the strike by the Association of Resident Doctors.

According to reports, patients had to desert the wards to seek medical attention elsewhere.

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A senior nurse, who did not want her name mentioned, said that patients were asked to vacate the wards as the few consultants available could not attend to all the patients.

But she added that those with critical and emergency cases were asked to remain.

At the children ward, only two children were left due to the severity of their health challenges as they had oxygen max on.

However, in the Orthopedic and postnatal wards, few patients were seen due to their critical condition, while others had severe cases due to childbirth.

Ike Okwesili, the chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Enugu State chapter, noted that the impact of the strike was compounding hardships of patients, especially in terms of logistics.

He added that NMA had met with stakeholders with a view to preventing the strike but to no avail as the state government was yet to resolve the issue.