Patients at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) in Sagamu, Ogun State, faced a day of disruptions on Wednesday as doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff adhered to the indefinite strike directive issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Witnesses reported that the hospital premises were devoid of medical personnel, with doctors, nurses, midwives, laboratory officials, and others seen leaving the hospital, leaving patients unattended. The staff made it clear that they were participating in the strike, stating, “No work today.”
Patients who visited the facility were turned away, and those already admitted were confronted with the prospect of relocating to alternative hospitals. Union leaders, armed with canes, reportedly expelled doctors and nurses from their offices, ensuring strict compliance with the strike.
Mrs. Abiola Ade, expressing her frustration, mentioned, “I came from Abeokuta this morning to pick up the result of a test I did last week, but they told me they have joined the strike. So, I will have to go back. This is so annoying.”
A nurse, who craved anonymity, affirmed that the hospital joined the strike on Wednesday and anticipated a halt in activities until further notice.
As of the latest report, one of the main gates at OOUTH is locked, and some patients remain within the hospital premises, hoping for a resolution to the ongoing strike.