Senate directs resident doctors to submit comprehensive report of demands
The Senate Committee on Health yesterday directed the Association of Resident Doctors of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria Chapter to submit a comprehensive report on their demands and grievances to it. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso who disclosed this yesterday when the delegation from the Association led by its President, Dr Waziri Aliyu, said the committee would look into their grievances, while urging them not to go on indefinite strike.
A member of the committee, Senator Shehu Sani, warned that if the country’s teaching hospitals cannot get the attention they deserve, Nigeria would fall short of its health targets.
President of the association, Dr Waziri Aliyu decried the poor state of the nation’s tertiary hospital, adding that numerous challenges were facing them ranging from dilapidated infrastructure to insecurity within and around the hospital.
“The Hematology Department of the Teaching Hospital cannot provide blood component for a patient. As simple as x-ray is, we are having problem with it.” Aliyu further revealed that the premises of the ABUTH is not completely fenced, hence intruders trespass. “As simple as cotton wool and spirit, we ask patients to provide.
It is that bad,” he added. He informed the Committee that the Resident Doctors had already given the ABUTH management an ultimatum and that by next week they would commence a warning strike.