As the strike by the Joint Health Staff Union continues, activities at the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi were yesterday paralyzed as patients were denied entry into the health facility.
When LEADERSHIP visited the hospital yesterday, it was observed that the place was deserted and persons who required medical attention were not allowed to enter the premises.
Apart from the resident doctors who were seen in groups under trees and in some relaxation spots chatting, all other health staff were conspicuously absent.
The chief information officer of the hospital, Mr. Alex Ohemu told LEADERSHIP in an interview that the hospital was only offering skeletal services.
According to Ohemu, a few critical departments, including the pharmacy, accident and emergency units were allowed to function with only resident doctors assigned to them to render medical treatment to patients.
He said the hospital was deserted due to the fact that a few of the units that are functional were situated in the permanent site located at Apir village on Makurdi-Otukpo road. He lamented the untold hardship caused by the strike, but said no death had so far been recorded since the strike commenced.