Healthworkers in Ogun State Government Hospitals have joined their counterparts who are on strike in federal hospitals.
Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), directed health workers in state and local government hospitals to join the three week old strike, as from Wednesday midnight.
Complying with the directive, most of the health workers in the Ogun State hospitals, on Thursday morning, abandoned patients on hospital beds and in emergency wards.
In most of the hospitals, the health workers before leaving their duty posts, stabilized the conditions of patients, who are in critical conditions.
For instance, at Oba Ademola Two Memorial Maternity Hospital, Ijemo, Abeokuta, midwives took care of expectant mothers who delivered babies overnight, especially those who delivered through cesarian section.
Following the strike, hospitals in the state, including the state hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta, has stopped admitting new patients.
Chairperson of the state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Mrs Rosaline Solarin, said the strike will continue until the demands of the health workers are met.
Solarin, spoke with Rockcity FM from Abuja, where she is attending the negotiations between the Presidency and the Joint Health Sector Union, said there is still no headway in the negotiations.
Meanwhile, Ogun State government said, it is still monitoring the impact of the strike by healthworkers on its payroll.
Health Commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Ipaye, spoke on a Rockcity FM programme: ‘Daybreak Show’ explained that the healthworkers are on a solidarity strike with federal health workers.
At the moment, the commissioner said the state government has no outstanding issue with its health workers.