Ogun teaching hospital strike, patients stranded, staff forced out

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On Wednesday, the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) in Sagamu, Ogun State, experienced a disruption in medical services as doctors, nurses, midwives, laboratory officials, record keepers, and other staff joined an indefinite strike in accordance with directives from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

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Visitors and patients were turned away, and those currently admitted faced uncertainty as doctors and nurses were forcefully evacuated from their offices by union leaders wielding canes. The hospital’s main gate was locked, symbolizing the impact of the strike on its operations.

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Mrs. Abiola Ade, a visitor from Abeokuta, expressed frustration after arriving to collect her test results, only to be informed of the strike. Meanwhile, a nurse, preferring anonymity, revealed that the hospital officially joined the strike on Wednesday, leaving activities suspended until further notice.

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Despite the turmoil, some patients lingered within the hospital premises, hopeful that assistance would eventually reach them. The situation remains uncertain, reflecting the widespread impact of the ongoing strike.

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