Information reaching IMO STATE BLOG confirm that Doctors at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu have embarked on an indefinite strike.
Last week, we published an anonymous readers mail from a Doctor with the Teaching hospital. The email from “Dr.Z” disclosed that staff had not been paid their allowances in the past 3 months and also hinted a strike .
Governor Okorocha had appointed Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr.Ifeanyi Nwachukwu to mediate in the impending problems at the hospital (last week)
The Honourable Commissioner for Health, may have also irked them further when he was unable to clarify some of the Governor’s policies posed to him. In response to their inquiry on why the State Government was building 2 new hospitals in close proximity to the teaching hospital, the Commissioner replied “Owelle will explain better” READ EMAIL HERE
Also, the Honourable Commissioner for Special duties, a trained Medical Doctor who until recently headed the Ministry of Public Utilities, was also roped into the issue surrounding their strike. It is note worthy to mention that prior to his appointment in the Executive cabinet, he was employed at IMSUTH.
As a follow up to the mail from Dr.Z, here is what another Doctor who reached out has to say:
“Now Doctors have gone on strike. The Orlu Zone feels Dr. Nwachukwu is responsible for troubles here so pressure was on Rochas to remove him…. he just derobed him of portfolio. Nwachukwu had so many enemies when he was here so people felt he must have schemed a way to get at them by frustrating the hospital.
Until we see Owelle. Guess he will come and promise the staff one of his boxing day gifts. Maybe he will build Alabama New York Igbo Medical centre in the hospital……”
The Doctors’ strike began on Friday, August 17th . We reliably gathered that Nurses, ordelies and other paramedical staff still show up to work but don’t do anything anything as there are no Doctors to assist. While some patients were moved to other hospitals, no less than two persons have died since the strike began on Friday.
The IMSUTH Doctors are demanding the following:
Payment of salaries.
Arreas of unpaid salary increases.
Employment of more Doctors, Nurses, Staff.
Completion of the rest of the hospital and equipping it .
Increase subvention to the hospital.
Stop action on downsizing of Staff.