Following the declaration of an indefinite strike last weekend by health workers at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, patients and students are calling on the federal government to come to their aid.
Three unions of the workers that comprise medical doctors, nurses and midwives, and the academic technologists declared an indefinite strike to protest non-payment of their entitlements for six years.
The National Association of Doctors of University Health Services (NADUHS), represented by Aminu Mohammed, National Association of Technologists' (NAAT's) Hassan Garba and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives' (NANNM's) Yusuf Haruna said the strike was called after wide deliberations and consultations.
"Our grievances include non-payment of teaching allowances, specialist allowances to technologists and nurses and non-implementation of shift allowances since 2010. There is also the issue of non-payment of medical hazard allowances, relativity and clinical supplementation allowances. We regret to announce that the university authorities are to blame for the consequences of the strike," the union said in a statement.
Various groups are touched by the sufferings of in and out-patients who rely on the services of the shut health facilities.