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Enugu Blasts Resident Doctors, Describes Strike as Malicious

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Enugu State government has described the five-day warning strike by resident doctors of Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) as malicious, ill-timed and condemnable.

A statement by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi said the strike was not done in good faith and is an act of sabotage

The statement reads: “It contradicts the creed of the Hippocratic Oath, which they swore to uphold. The striking resident doctors know of patients referred for further treatments after an outreach by an American NGO, but are now left unattended to because of this unreasonable action.

“It is worrisome to note the fact that this action is coming at a time the country is battling the challenge of new coronavirus outbreak.

It is expected that a notice of the purported strike should have been given at least 24 hours or more; this was not done and it this runs contrary to labour laws on strike.

Worse, all key officials of Parklane Hospital have remained incommunicado.

“The government does not owe any of the doctors and they are comparatively well cared for.”

The government warned that any death or complications arising from this unlawful action at ESUTH Parklane Hospital would be dealt with.

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