By Gabriel Yough
The Federal Medical Center (FMC) and the state specialized hospital, all located in Jalingo, are offering skeletal services following the strike launched by the National Association of Resident Physicians (NARD) in the country.
Checks carried out by the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) at the State Specialized Hospital revealed that only emergency cases were handled by consultants.
Dr Gabriel Ahmed, the state president of NARD, told NAN that they are fully complying with the strike, as instructed by the national body.
At FMC Jalingo, only consultants and other senior doctors from CONMESS 6 and above were seen caring for patients.
Ms Eunice Ande, a patient, told NAN that she was considering leaving the hospital because only nurses were taking care of her.
Dr Divine Njadze, chairman of the ARD, FMC branch, also told NAN in an interview that the branch fully complied with the strike.
“Only those on CONMESS 6 and above, as well as medical consultants and chief physicians are offering skeletal services at this time.
“For us on CONMESS 5 and below, we comply with the strike until our demands are met and the national body orders us otherwise,” he said (NAN)