Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

Chairman of the Committee of Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of federal tertiary hospitals in Nigeria, Prof. Thomas Agan, has attributed 90 per cent of deaths recorded in hospitals to the poor attitude of health workers.

Agan, who stated this against the backdrop of the incessant industrial action by health workers, also said the recurrent strike in the health sector was due to the bickering and unhealthy rivalry among the various unions.

He said this in Calabar, Cross River State, during an interaction with journalists.

Agan, who is the CMD of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, said that over the years, the attitude of health care givers to patients had left so much to be desired.

He said, “Over 90 per cent of deaths in our hospitals are due to our attitude. Until the healthcare givers begin to realise that the health of the patient they are handling could be their own, or those of their spouses or siblings, nothing will go well.

“The number of patients that die or are referred to private hospital is outrageous. Until we realise that we will be held accountable to every challenge we create, things will not go down well.”

Decrying the crisis in the health sector, Agan said, “The sector is supposed to provide succour, not only to the rich but also to the ordinary poor Nigerians.

“Unfortunately, over the years, it has been riddled with crises. For me, welfare issues are necessary in life, but incessant welfare requests from the healthcare providers tend to undermine the sector itself.

“I feel really pained that this situation has not been taken care of by health workers and the government. Each time any union declares industrial dispute, you cannot quantify the number of people that die. You cannot quantify the suffering

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