Monday, 1 August 2016

Pics: JUTH Workers Shut Down Hospital

The Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) of the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH)  today staged a peaceful protest barricading the main entrance of the teaching hospital and crippling its activities over the alleged insensitivity of the hospital management led by the Chief medical Director, Professor Edmond Banwat.

Plateau state JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Mustapha Kabir, said that the union had resolved to embark on a peaceful protest August 1 pending when their April and May salaries are paid and also pass a vote of no confidence on the top management for  total system failure.

He lamented the non implementation of the MOU signed at the instance of the minister of health since they called off the strike on 6th of June. Out of over 2000 staff only about 270 received salaries and some were paid N500, N200 or even N100. He called on the intervention of the Federal Government as a Federal Teaching hospital should not be faced with issues such as this and further called for the removal of the Chief Medical Director and change of the entire management team.
   

A Doctor in the hospital also confirmed that it was rather an unfortunate situation and it was painful that it has generated to this, stating that the entire management led by the CMD has been insensitive to the plight of the entire staff and that for the past 7months the hospital has not been effectively functional.

Another hospital worker also confirmed that the hospital seems to be running to a halt as basic facilities in the hospital are unavailable and therefore most hospital services are almost at zero. Most patients have to be taken to other private medical centers for issues that are normally resolved within and further confirmed that some workers received as low as N100 for a month salary after unjust deductions as only a handful have received salaries.
   
Medical students writing their exams were also affected by the disruption of activities. 

Photo Credit: Matthew Tegha
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