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Ezekiel Nnaji: Enugu resident medical strike, conspiracy beyond the consulting rooms

Doctors are the important professionals of society whose roles revolve around saving lives. The Hippocratic oath further emphasizes the responsibilities of doctors. Tasks are always placed above material gain.

However, this does not mean that employers don’t have to consider your well-being. Governments pay priority attention to the well-being of doctors and other healthcare professionals, who receive special consolidated compensation packages in Nigeria.

In turn, doctors are encouraged to devote their time and energy to the work they do.

There has always been a debate about the ethical and moral right of doctors to engage in strike action.

Indeed, it will amount to slavery to deny them the right to strike. It is your fundamental right.

The strike is the doctors’ last resort because any such action generally causes preventable death and suffering.

Without a doubt, any industrial controversy has a huge and negative impact on the quality of health services.

These are difficult times for various nations and governments struggling to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Doctors are part of the first-line medical staff, who are doing an excellent job and endangering their lives to save others.

This is where the strike initiated by the Association of Resident Doctors at the Educational Hospital of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Parklane, is concentrated. For once, this is a case where the employee, and not the employer, becomes the target of the public attack.

From parking lots to homes and social media, people are making fun of doctors for choosing to go on strike right now that their counterparts in other states are working diligently to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the ARD leadership at ESUTH-Parklane, this is not the time to do politics with human life. It is nothing but the unpleasant conspiracy outside the consultation room by the ARD management, particularly at a time when state governor Enugu Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had just paid a new COVID-19 allowance to all health workers. , which represents 25 percent of their basic wages. The government also approved a life insurance package for doctors and other state health workers.

These were in addition to other proactive security measures that the governor instituted on March 27, 2020.

Previously, the government had released the sum of N330 million to the state’s multisector rapid response team to combat the pandemic.

It is deeply worrying that resident doctors decided to go on strike, ignoring an existing national court order that prevented them from taking any strike action. The good news, however, is that consultants, nurses and other categories of the workforce are on duty at Parklane.

Resident doctors take the government for granted and care less about people’s lives.

They were part of a meeting that Governor Ugwuanyi held with representatives of organized workers and all sectors of health in Parklane on April 8, 2020.

For a correct understanding, it is necessary to bring to our people summaries of what some leaders said at that meeting. Have these views been widely reported and can any of them deny what is attributed to them?

Speaking on behalf of the consultants, Dr. Joseph Enebe said: “We want to thank you (Governor) for what you have done for our hospital (Parklane) and for the status you have exercised on Parklane. The consultants said they should communicate to them that they will continue to provide their professional service. ”

For his part, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe, president of the Joint Negotiating Council in the state of Enugu, said: “We will never tire of congratulating him (governor) on all he has done for workers in our state.

Even during the period of the last recession, it paid our wages even when other states with higher allocations were unable to do so. I suggest setting up a committee to discuss emoluments and other issues in Parklane and our health sector in the state of Enugu. ”

During the meeting, the president of the ESUTH-Parklane Medical Resident Association, dr. Emmanuel Edeoga, said: “We want to say that our members are ready to continue working. It is very clear that you (Ugwuanyi) have the workers’ interest at heart. I want to appeal to others to allow His Excellency to do what he has done for the State of Enugu. ”

Following these interventions, the meeting set up a committee to fully analyze the compensation of health workers and assess the need for ESUTH-Parklane. The committee, which has members from all health sectors and the state government, received one month to serve.

The questions, therefore, are: what has changed between April and now to ensure that resident doctors start a strike? Why are resident doctors anxious to wait for the outcome of the committee’s deliberations?

At a time when state government and residents are doing so much to stem the spread of COVID-19, why should these doctors choose their personal benefits over people’s general health?

My sincere advice to medical residents is that they should return to their service stations for the good of the people.

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