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For the second time in less than six months, the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri have shut down indefinitely the health services at the hospital.
The latest action follows the expiration of a two-day warning strike two weeks ago that yielded no positive reaction from the management over the non-payment of their September 2013 salary, removal of teaching allowances, deplorable working conditions and non-promotion of staff, among others.
The strike, which did not take the Medical Director of the health institution, Dr. Angela Uwakwem by surprise, has paralysed activities of the hospital as patients are left unattended to while relations of other patients have no other option than to transfer their sick relations to Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia and other private institutions, since the resident doctors have decided to deal with the consultants found on duty in the hospital.
Uwakwem, in her reaction, denied receiving money to that effect; instead she laid the blame on the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) whom she accused of not remitting such money for that purpose, stating that there was nothing she could do until the money was remitted to the accounts of the institution.