The Bauchi State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) distanced itself from the strike.
The chairman of the chapter, Dr. Lamara Dottijo, who made the declaration, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi yesterday, said the association was not part of NLC.
“Our members are not participating in the nationwide strike embarked upon by NLC because we are not part of them.
“Besides that, we will not allow hospitals across the state to be shut down, there are pressing health issues with citizens,” he said
Dottijo stressed that his members were available for consultations in all the health facilities across the state.
“The NMA wishes to inform the public, especially our esteemed patients that doctors are not on strike and will be available for consultations in all the health facilities in the state. We call on management of all hospitals to support doctors as they continue to render services to patients, by ensuring their safety, access to equipment and clinics. We also urge all our members across the state to continue to render selfless services to our patients in spite the ongoing strike by other health workers in the state.”
He called on the Federal Government and NLC to come to terms and settle the problems amicably.
“We are calling on government to toe the path of truth and call a spade a spade to bring to an end this unnecessary strike.“
Checks in majority of the hospitals in the state capital showed that doctors and other health workers were seen attending to patients while Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi and the specialist hospital recorded full and normal activities.
But the Chairman, Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Bauchi State chapter, told NAN that the union was in total support of the strike.
“Our members have joined the NLC strike fully, so all our members are on strike until we hear from the leadership of the labour congress,” he said.
The state’s NLC chairman, Mr. Hashimu Gital, said the strike was successful in the area.
“There is compliance by workers in the state. They have all stayed back in their houses to comply with the NLC directive on the strike,” Gital said