PORT HARCOURT – BARELY a week after a three day warning strike by residents doctors at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), the hospital workers under the umbrella of the Nigerian Union of Pharmacists, Medical Sciences and Professionals Allied to Medicine (NUPMTPAM) have begun another five day warning strike.
The current strike by the union which began yesterday was instigated by perceived non- implementation of a circular on staff promotion and non- inclusion of health professionals and industrial unions under its fold on the Advisory board of the teaching hospital.
Mr. Awoibi Kristhien, Chairman of the union said management among other demands should “reverse the independent call duties for trainee resident doctors in medical laboratory services because these persons are not trained as laboratory scientists and are giving erroneous results harmful to the clinical services to patients.”
Awoibi said the five day warning strike could progress into an indefinite action if management failed to address their demands. However, Acting Chief Medical Director and Chairman Medical Advisory Committee at the UPTH, Prof. Christie Mato claimed that the union’s strike has not halted normal service delivery at the hospital.
“We have had series of meeting with the executives of this union and the position of management was made clear to them”, she said, advising the union to consider the care for patients at the hospital above personal interests in their responsibilities as worker of the hospital.
It would be recalled that a similar warning strike by resident doctors at the UPTH barely a week back took toll on patients with some reportedly dead in absence of medical attention by the striking resident doctors who incidentally down tools against management over unresolved collision course with the NUPMTPAM which has just began its own strike.
from Obiajunwo Paul, Port Harcourt