Furious at the spate of poor condition and insecurity at the outpatient clinic of the hospital, Doctors at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatry Hospital, Yaba have hitherto been on a five week of industrial action.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), only skeletal services were being offered by consultants available to see the few patients who visited the hospital since the start of the strike, as the emergency unit which is usually filled with patients was empty as there were no health personnel to attend to the patients.
Speaking to NAN, the President, Association of Resident Doctors of the hospital, Dr Oyetayo Jeje said that lack of security at the outpatient clinic was a major challenge.
“There are no escape routes for health workers in case of an emergency, that is, if an aggressive patient would break out to harm doctors, patients and patient relatives.
“Also, there are no alarm systems to alert for help in case of an emergency and even the consultants have refused to run clinics due to the security challenges.
“The Federal Ministry of Health needs to step in to avoid loss of lives and bodily harm to health workers as well as patients and their relatives,” she said.
She revealed that other grievances of the doctors include the poor working conditions as seen in the dilapidated state of the consulting rooms.
Jeje also lamented that salaries of the doctors had not been fully paid by the management even though complete salary had been released from the ministry.