For the second time in two weeks, staff at Jos University Hospital (JUTH) protested the alleged refusal of Chief Medical Director Professor Edmund Banwat to tackle the problems that hinder the proper functioning of the hospital.
The last demonstration of nurses and midwives comes after the residents’ doctors in the penultimate week of the hospital, led a protest against the management of the hospital, accusing it of persecution of staff, secret dismissal and disobedience to judicial pronouncements, among others.
It was even the Association of Physicians and Dentists of Nigeria also accused the CMD of mismanagement of the hospital, threatening to close the health facility By the end of November if there was no improvement in the hospital services.
The protesting Nurses and Midwives disrupted activities at the hospital, accusing the CMD of withholding their call and shift duty allowances, as well as, wrongful application of no-work-no-pay policy.
Chairman of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Vongdip Lashin, who addressed journalists, said his members had suffered so much in the hands of JUTH Management despite their continuous dedication and sacrifices in the course of their duties.
Lashin asserted, “We are deeply saddened by the maladministration and mismanagement of the only federal tertiary health institution in Plateau State, which is a feeder to over nine states within the North Central geopolitical zone.
The chairman, who said they had exhausted every avenue to make the CMD change his anti-workers policies, called on stakeholders in the state and other Nigerians to intervene in their situation so as to save the hospital from total collapse.