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Doctors’ strike: Corps members attending to patients in FMC Yola

Members of National Youth Service Corps are reportedly offering medical services at the federal medical centre, Yola, capital of Adamawa state amid the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

Over two months after signing an agreement with the federal government following a 10-day strike, resident doctors stated that their demands have not been met.

Recall that the doctors commenced a fresh nationwide strike on August 2 and have promised not to call it off until the federal government meets all their demands.

According to NAN, the corps member doctors along with other senior medical officers were seen on Thursday offering skeletal services to some patients with emergencies in the hospital.

The strike was said to have affected many departments and units, including the accidents and emergency units, paediatric and intensive care units as well as labour ward and surgical theatres among other services.

Reacting, Adamu Dodo, the hospital spokesman, told NAN that the hospital was not completely shut down because NARD is not the only category of doctors.

“Everything is normal. Hospital is a teamwork setting, strengthened by synergy between and among the medical professionals and health workers” he said.

“There are  doctors from the ranks of principal medical officers (PMO) and above, the consultants and the NYSC,  who were doing their best  to attend to patients.

“This is to say that the entire service windows are opened, you’ve seen it yourself; the admission wards, the accident and emergency unit and labour wards.”

Dodo said the only unusual circumstance being experienced was workload shouldered by the dedicated corps member doctors.

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