Strike: Patients stranded, staff chased out of Ogun teaching hospital

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Patients at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, Ogun State, were on Wednesday left unattended to by doctors and nurses.

This is as staff of the hospital complied with the directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) that workers should embark on an indefinite strike.


On Wednesday, doctors, nurses, midwives, laboratory officials, record keepers and other staff of the OOUTH were seen returning home, saying, “we have joined the strike, no work today.”

Patients and other individuals who visited the facility were sent back.


Also, those on admission may need to move to another hospital as doctors and nurses were being chased out of their offices by union leaders.

The union leaders had stormed the hospital with canes, ready to flog out anyone who might want to resume work against the strike action.


As of the time of filing this report, one of the main gates at OOUTH is under lock and key.


One Mrs Abiola Ade, who was at the hospital, said, “I came from Abeokuta this morning to pick the result of a test I did last week, but they told me they have joined strike. So, I will have go to back. This is so annoying.”

Also, one of the nurses, who did not want her name mentioned, stated that the hospital joined the strike on Wednesday and may remain without activities until further notice.


Our correspondent reports that some patients are still sitting within the hospital premises, hoping help could come their way.


Lawal AbdulSalam Olawale

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