Resident doctors on strike as cholera ravages Maiduguri

Maiduguri, Sept. 5, 2017 (TNE) : The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Tuesday joined their counterparts in the nationwide indefinite strike, in spite the emergencies occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency and cholera outbreak in Maiduguri.

However, the Chairman of the association, Dr Muhammad El-Yakub, said that his members might return to work as a humanitarian gesture.

He said about 150 resident doctors are deployed in various hospitals in the state.

Also, Dr Muhammad Tahir, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the hospital, said that the association had not notified the management of the strike.

Tahir noted that residents doctors at the hospital have been working.

“Apart from residents doctors, we also have consultants and other cadre of health professionals who could provide medical services in the hospital”.

At least, 14 persons have died of cholera since the outbreak was reported at Muna Garage IDPs’ camp in the past three weeks.

Dr Haruna Mshelia, the Borno Commissioner for Health, confirmed that more than 230 patients were treated and discharged from cholera treatment centres in Maiduguri.

Mshelia added that the state government, in collaboration with partner agencies, have set up a cholera treatment centre at the IDP camp and Dala area of Maiduguri, to sensitise people to cholera symptoms. (TNE)

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