The indefinite strike embarked upon by resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH has paralysed activities in the facility.
Our correspondent gathered at the weekend that patients besieged the institution for their health needs only for them to meet an empty hospital as a result of the action, because of JUTH management’s refusal to comply with the federal government directive for “implementation of skipping for doctors “ among others.
Though the management of the federal health institution is yet to comment on the matter, the patients have continued to bear the brunt from the action.
In the notice of strike by the Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, dated June 8, 2015 issued by the Chairman, Joseph I. Nankat and Secretary, Kumtap Y. Cashmir, they noted that medical doctors in JUTH were being denied of “skipping” even when non doctors enjoy this privilege among others.
They noted that their members were “working under difficult conditions in JUTH because of lack of consumables such as hand gloves and some emergency drugs such as oxytocin.”
NARD also decried the non-payment of training allowances to resident doctors. Shortage of house officers and under payment of the few available ones has led to many moving out of JUTH by house men.
Among their four-point demands are the resumption of “skipping “ payment just as non doctors have been benefiting as well as the provision of essential consumables in the hospital.
Also, “immediately payment of outstanding training allowances owed members, employment of house officers and payment of their correct entitlements” will make them return to their duty posts, the leaders said.
The notification was copied board chairman of JUTH, NMA chairman, Plateau state, Chairman of MDCAN, JUTH and the president of NARD.