The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Edo State branch has mobilised volunteers in the state to assist patients in the wake of the ongoing strike by doctors across the country under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctors. This mass deployment is in response to the call made by the management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital following the commencement of the strike.
According to the branch Communication Coordinator Mr Oghenetejiri Ovwigho-Ugbede, the volunteers have over the years assisted in similar industrial actions by doctors and other health worker by providing support services to the essential staff still available in the hospital as part of their core humanitarian responsibility enshrined in the Red Cross Act. He said that the Red Cross is an auxiliary to the government and exists to assist in difficult times such as this. He urged more persons to join the society In other to assist those in need when instances like this come up.
You will recall that few days back Health workers in Nigeria embarked on strike this is as a result of non-payment of hazard allowance and some other reasons best known to them, while getting reaction from the public on the state of health care during the heat of the strike so many of them complained bitterly and for some there were some resident doctors on ground although they work just few hours and after that they go home leaving the patients in pains.
But now hope for the health care as Some of the volunteers of Nigerian Red Cross were spotted on camera helping patients and nurses on ground.