The Association of Resident Doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, UNIMEDTH, in Ondo State has started a two-day cautioning strike after a patient’s son assaulted one of its individuals.
The resident’s doctor, who held a serene protest in Ondo and Akure all the while, requested that enough assurance be given in hospital environments to forestall further assaults by patients or their family members.
A doctor was on Wednesday assaulted by a patient’s relative while working.
The assault, as indicated by UNIMETH ARD President, John Matthew, was pointless.
Dr. Ibidapo Bolayemi, one of the protesting doctors, asserted that over 100 doctors had left the medical clinic, leaving less than 45 doctors to focus on patients.
“It’s unfortunate that we’ve ended up in this precarious position. Over 100 employees have departed the hospital, putting a strain on us.
“To solve the problem, we ask the state government to hire additional doctors. We also want the government to ensure that the facility is adequately secured,” he said.
In the meantime, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Dr. Oluwole Ige, has condemned the resident doctors’ choice to go on a two-day caution strike because of the assault on their associate.
Dr. Ige, who condemned the doctor’s attack, said the strike was inappropriate because the situation has been settled.