From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

Patients at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, on Monday appealed to doctors to call off their a day old strike.

The frustrated patients and their relatives, who had earlier doubted if the strike would hold, also appealed to the government to meet the demands of the doctors.

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Doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have declared an industrial action nationwide.

Some in-patients and out-patients who spoke with correspondents said they were already feeling the negative effects of the strike which has crippled activities at the hospital as doctors, including consultants, abandon their duties.