Resident doctors in Kaduna begin indefinite strike

Residents doctors in Kaduna have begun an indefinite strike Tuesday, decrying the deplorable state of healthcare facilities in state government hospitals.

The President, Association of Resident Doctors in the state, Dr Joseph Jokshan said at a press briefing Monday night in Kaduna that the state government had not responded to any of the doctors’ demands issued 21 days ago.

Reference: 

  • September 21, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said Zamfara has only 23 doctors managing 24 hospitals.

Highlights from Dr Jokshan’s speech:

  • He said that the doctors were pained to begin the strike, but “unfortunately, we cannot effectively carry out these tasks in the current sorry state of our healthcare facilities.”
  • Dr Jokshan listed issues that prompted the strike to include poor funding, equipping and staffing of hospitals and non-provision of the living environment for medical, health workers and patients.
  •  He said that members of the association were also demanding for payment of House Officers salaries and arrears and immediate and full implementation of “corrected” CONMESS.
  • “Immediate implementation of already approved funding for residency training of Kaduna state doctors in their chosen fields, as well as the promotion of our doctors that are due.”

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