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Standstill in Jos University Teaching Hospital as protesting health workers block main entrance



The joint health workers union JOHESU of the university of Jos Teaching Hospital JUTH have today 1st August 2016 staged a peaceful protest barricading the main entrance of the teaching hospital and crippling its activities, it faulted the insensitivity of the hospital management led by the Chief medical Director, Professor Edmond Banwat.
    

Speaking to the Plateau state JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Mustapha Kabir, said that the union had resolved to embark on a peaceful protest today 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.
  
As at the time of filing this report all activities at the hospital was at a stand still as there was no entrance into and out, even the medical students writing their exams seems to all be on a stand still.



The protest is schedule to last the whole day with rumours that the doctors will also join in the protest if issues are not resolved









    Photo Credit Matthewtegha

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