Residents of Port Harcourt are appealing to the Rivers State government to give urgent attention to the poor medical facilities in the state-owned health institutions.
Resident doctors in the state have been on a warning strike since Tuesday, over an unresolved dispute with government.
TVC News Uche Okoro reports that it is the first strike in the health sector of Rivers State this year. But like similar actions in the past, this latest industrial dispute involving the resident doctors is targeted at better remunerations and residency training.
Expectedly those at the receiving end of the impasse between the aggrieved doctors and the State Government are the patients.
Under normal working conditions, BMSH receives almost 200 patients daily.
But currently, many patients are now forced to seek medical care at private hospitals at higher financial cost.
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Doctor Paul Kua is appealing to the striking doctors not to drag the industrial action any further to give room for negotiations.
The leadership of the BMSH branch of Association of Resident Doctors was unavailable for comment.
But if all works according to plan, members of the body are expected back at work on Friday this week.