On Wednesday, The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital reinstated that they are not embarking on strike.
The report of a planned strike by the association was described as fales in a statement signed by its President Dr Lanre Olosunde.
He emphasized that the association remained committed to its service to humanity, added that ARD was mindful of the health of Nigerians.
“With the erroneous representation of facts and perceived misinformation of the public by a broadcast media on Aug. 25 on the unfortunate demise of Mr Olusola Olagunju, a patient that was alleged to have died from Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) strike, we are compelled to set the records straight.
” The Association of Resident Doctors in UITH, Ilorin, was not on strike when the unfortunate incident happened.
“We don’t operate nor have any access to the control of the electricity supply to the hospital and equipment and we never chased nurses out while carrying out their duties,” Olosunde said.
He however stated that the interview he granted was intended to admonish members of the public seeking medical care in the hospital to always channel complaints to the right quarters instead of resorting to assault of doctors on duty.
“We use this medium to reiterate, as a matter of public enlightenment and orientation, that dissatisfied clients, patients and relatives of the hospital can always approach the SERVICOM unit to register their displeasure,” he said.
He implored aggrieved members of the public to desist from verbally and physically assaulting healthcare workers on duty, saying this had led to recurrent disruption in the delivery of healthcare services in various hospitals in Nigeria.
Olosunde urged members of public to take the report of the planned strike with a pinch of salt, that
did not represent an account of what happened nor did it in any way represent the ideals of the association.
“We state unequivocally that our members remain committed to their statutory responsibilities of always delivering quality healthcare service to the good citizens of Nigeria and Kwara state in particular,” he said.220