The battle going on at the Federal Medical Center Owerri seems to be far from being over as Medical Doctors at different categories also joined the strike action by other health professionals to agitate for their benefits and other demands.

Contrary to general belief, they did not join the strike to call for the sack of the Medical Director, Dr Angela Uwakwem which is what most of the others are calling for. According to a resident doctor who spoke to me, they are just using the strike to press for some of their demands to be met. A house officer at the hospital however, reliably informed me that the embattled Chief Medical Director seems to have lost favour with most members of the FMC community.

It is hoped that these issues will be resolved fast so that the hospital can return to a place of engendering well-being and not a house of death as many patients have been going through untold suffering due to the prolonged crisis.

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