Katsina - Residents of Funtua and Malumfashi Local Government Areas of Katsina State on Tuesday appealed to striking medical doctors to consider the plight of people and return to work.
A resident, Hussaini Ibrahim, said in Funtua on Tuesday that many people die daily because of their absence in public hospitals across the state.
"Many people cannot afford private hospitals’ exorbitant prices due to the economic hardship facing them’’, Ibrahim said.
Another resident, Ramatu Inusa, decried the situation, adding that people were patronising private clinics in spite of their substandard services.
Inusa held that such private clinics operated under poor conditions and those patients only went there to consult doctors.
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She alleged that a patient suffering from gastroenteritis was charged N25 000 while those for caesarian session and hernia operation were charged N50 000 and N60 000 respectively.
"These services are free at the private hospitals’’, she added.
An accountant with a private hospital in Malumfashi, who pleaded anonymity, said their charges remained the same despite the influx of patients.
The Chief Medical Officer of Malumfashi and Funtua General Hospitals, nurses and other auxiliary workers were, however, seen attending to patients.