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The National Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has bemoaned the continued face-off between striking medical doctors and the federal government.
The doctors’ industrial action caused by a disagreement over demands for an improved welfare package in the health sector has entered its sixth week without any end in sight.
Okechukwu, who is still in mourning in a statement said after failing to get adequate medical attention to save his undergraduate son from dying last weekend, has urged the federal and state governments and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to do all within their powers to resolve forthwith the impasse.
According to Okechukwu, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the lingering strike by the doctors contributed immensely to the death of his son, Matthias Koso Okechukwu.
Matthias, a third year law student at Baze University, Abuja, took ill and was rushed to a private hospital in Abuja, but unfortunately his situation became critical and needed specialist attention at the National Hospital, which was not readily available.
Stressing that his son’s life might have been saved, Okechukwu lamented that if there “was no doctors’ strike, perhaps my son would have made it.
“Matthias actually suffers from muscular dystrophy and developed a crisis on Saturday, August 9th and was quickly rushed to a private clinic in Garki and the doctor on duty referred us to the National Hospital, Abuja, saying that the machine capable of restoring his normal breathing could only be found at the National Hospital.
“On getting to the National Hospital, the only doctor found on duty battled to save Matthias but couldn’t do much, as she couldn’t reach the equipment in the Pediatric Department to resuscitate Matthias.
“So had it not been for the strike, adequate attention could have been paid to him”.
He appealed to the federal government and NMA to urgently resolve the issues at stake so as to get the hospitals working again in order to save lives.
“I therefore passionately plead that the government and the doctors should in the interest of Nigerians quickly resolve the impasse,” he pleaded.