An opinion columnist has said while the Doctors’ calls for better remunerations were noble, they should also consider patients’ plights because the situation in hospitals is dire.
The columnist opined:
While doctors may be genuine in their appeal for better remuneration and living conditions, they should consider their Hippocratic Oath and the plight of those fighting for dear lives in hospital.
Nobody just wakes up one day and decide that they want to be admitted into a health facility.
People go to hospital because they are seeking a lifesaving service. Therefore, it’s painful to go to hospitals and find that those who have been trained to assist and attend to the sick are not available for nobody knows how long.
There is a genuine possibility that many lives are being lost because of lack of treatment. The few, more fortunate and better-resourced ones have had to turn to private health centres to pay huge sums of money for treatment as doctors at Government clinics and hospitals continue with their job action, one of the many they have embarked on over the past 10 months.
Doctors have been on strike since 3 September 2019 and have ignored all calls to return to work till their request is granted. The doctors are demanding that their salaries be pegged agaisnt the prevailing bank rate to curb it from inflation.
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