By Ikeugonna Eleke The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, COOUTH has suspended its two-month old strike action. A press statement signed by the president and secretary of the group, Dr Obinna Aniagboso and Dr Chidiebele Egolum, respectively, which was made available to Fides in Awka, called on members to resume work as early as 8am last Wednesday. Part of the statement read, ‘We take this bold step in good faith with the expectation that the state government and management of COOUTH will not relent in their end until our agreed objectives are fully actualized.’ Resident doctors in the hospital had on 13th May announced their resolve to embark on an indefinite strike, and were also joined by their Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), thereby crippling the hospital. Attempts by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to pacify them with the promise to pay the new minimum wage had been rebuffed by the group, which insisted that their demands were more than just improved salaries. One of the grievances of the group included; alleged failure of the state government to honor its agreement to implement full CONMESS for doctors and upgrade diagnostic facilities as befitting of a tertiary health centre. The doctors said their struggle was just and needed to be addressed in order to retain trained, experienced personnel and improve the standard of clinical services in COOUTH. The group said, ‘We noted the request of His Excellency (Obiano) for ARD to suspend its strike in order to give government a little time to complete the ongoing personnel audit and financial analysis. ‘We also took cognizance of the resolution of the NMA leadership and elders meeting which advised ARD to suspend the strike for one month along with the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN). ‘We considered the plight of our teeming patients who have become stranded and deprived of quality care throughout our protracted industrial action. ‘We also accepted the concessions made by Management on internal issues bordering on conditions of service and withheld remuneration, and intend to cooperate to ensure its full implementation. ‘Considering the foregoing, the general congress passed a resolution to suspend its industrial action for one month and to resume work on Wednesday, 17th July, by 8am,’ the statement read.

By Chioma Ndife

The wife of the Governor of Anambra State, and founder of the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano, has condoled with the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye and family, on the death of their daughter whom she described as a young mother in her prime.

In a condolence message to Chief Oye and family, Osodieme stated that she was deeply saddened on receipt of the news of the sudden demise of Chief Oye’s daughter, Chinenye Barbara Amaechi (Nee Oye). ‘The news came as a shock and source of grief,’ she stated in the letter.

The Governor’s wife sent her Condolence Message on behalf of the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (her NGO) and the entire women of Anambra State.

Mrs. Obiano said in the condolence message, ‘Your loving daughter, Chinenye, was full of life the last time I saw her and was obviously doing well in her young family. It was more shocking because you showed no indication that such tragedy was threatening when we recently spent few days together at the city of Orange, New Jersey, USA. I have no doubt that her death has left a vacuum in your lives but my prayer is that God Almighty consoles you all in this time of grief.’

Further consoling the Oyes, Osodieme urged the bereaved family to be consoled by the eternal words of Saint Mother Theresa who observed that death was nothing else but going home to God. She prayed that the bond of love would remain unbroken for all eternity.

The First Lady prayed God to give the Oyes the grace and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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