The industrial action embarked upon by the Association of Resident Doctors, UBTH chapter has taken its toll on patients as most wards and departments were deserted.
At the Out-Patients Department, OPD, few patients were seen waiting or either at the consulting rooms receiving treatment.
Some patients who are on admission were seen at their hospital beds with consultants and nurses attending to them.
Some patients who spoke to www.johnmayaki.com regretted that they were not aware of the doctors’ strike as they got to know when they arrived at the hospital.
They however expressed their displeasure with the frequent strike by health workers in the hospital.
They appealed to both the doctors and federal government to come to an agreement in the interest of the masses.
Efforts to speak with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital was not successful but it was gathered from a senior staff at the hospital that among the reasons for the ARD strike was non-payment of December and January salaries.
The source further explained that the management was not happy with the strike and was trying hard to resolve all issues raised by the doctors.
It would be recalled that resident doctors UBTH embarked on an indefinite strike last Wednesday following a number of unresolved issues ranging from non-payment of salaries and inadequate manpower.