Doctor slumps in Kogi, another critically ill 


By Ameer Obansa, Lokoja.

There was palpable fears  in Lokoja Tuesday as a  doctor with the Pediatric Unit of Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, Dr Amos Ojo on slumped while on duty at the hospital.

The doctor was said to be on ward round at Tuesday afternoon when he suddenly collapsed due to alleged exhaustion due  too much workload.

ENDURINGNEWS gathered that a  nurse who noticed the development raised an alarm and he was rushed to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital for resuscitation.
This is just as another doctor from the Pediatric Unit is equally said to be down and currently being attended to in his house.
Our correspondent  learnt from health workers that pressure of work had been much on doctors following the mass exit of physicians from the hospital, as over 90 doctors were said to have left the hospital in recent time on alleged account of poor welfare.
President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Dr Ashraf Abdulhakeem, who confirmed the incident, said the doctor was resuscitated and currently in stable condition.
“Actually, there are two of our doctors that are having issues. Late hours of yesterday (Wednesday), one of the doctor who was on call at the Pediatric Unit took ill and had to go home. Unfortunately, over the night, it escalated and we had to attend to him in his house.
“This morning (Thursday) around 12 noon, another doctor who also works in the Pediatric Unit also collapsed. These are  two cases involving our doctors between last night and today.
“Some of our doctors have left the hospital and they have not been replaced. That has now increased the pressure of work on the ones on ground.
“In the case of the doctor who was sick, he couldn’t go home because there are not enough hands. They have to stay back to see if they could work and that has resulted to what we have right now. We haven’t had enough manpower for quite sometime now”, he said.
He called on the state government to address the wellbeing of the doctors and generality of workers in the state, adding that, “If the wellbeing of doctors are taken care of, some of these acute breakdown we see would not arise”.
On the issue of salary, Dr Ashraf said, “Salary issue is a general issue in the state. The doctors being civil servants are also part of the civil servants affected by salaries. As at September 6, we got our May Salary and that is the last salary doctors have taken.


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