For the third time in the last one month, activities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, Delta State have been brought to a halt by two Medical Health bodies; National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and Nigeria Medical Association (NMAS).
Expectedly, the “medical bodies” had insisted on the strike actions to press home their anger for the increasing rate of kidnap activities in the state, especially as it affects some of its members.
Leadership Sunday gathered that the strike by the resident doctors is presently anchored on the recent kidnap of one of their colleagues in Warri during working hours.
Only last Thursday, doctors on the state employment, especially government hospitals have resolved to boycott work to protest the incessant kidnap activities.
The doctors vowed to continue the action until their kidnapped colleagues are released.
But their action has left many of the patients who are unaware of the development stranded while those on admission were hurriedly discharged.
Further investigation revealed that many “poor” patients, who could not afford the exorbitant charges of the private clinic are dead.
Dr. Leo Erhurumwunse, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital told our correspondent that efforts were being made to placate the doctors to go back to work pointing out that kidnap activities were national issues.