UNIJOS Teaching Hospital, JUTH Shuts Down In Adherence To National Health Strike

The industrial action embark on by medical workers in federal government tertiary health institutions is biting hard at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Jos,North Central Nigeria as the workers are adhering strictly to the stay off work order.

Union leaders at the hospital were going round to ensure that the order is fully carried out while the hospital management has been having sleepless night trying to prevail on union leadership not to paralyse activities at the hospital.

The Acting Chief Medical Director, Edmund Banwat said hospital management is striving to ensure that skeletal services are provided especially in emergency cases.

It will be recalled that the Joint Health Sector Unions on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, at about 12 midnight commenced an indefinite nationwide strike over the none implementation of its demands by the federal government.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to journalists in Jos on Thursday, and signed by the National President, Dr. Ayuba Wabba and co-signed by other executives, decrying that the Federal Government has failed in its responsibility of implementing the demands of the union even after court directives.

The Unions include; Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Nigerian Union of Pharmacists, Medical Technologies and Professions Allied to Medicine and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions.

According to the statement, “At a meeting called at the instance of the honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity, in Abuja on the 19th August, 2013, the honourable Minister of Health and his representative disappointingly failed to show up at the meeting.

Adding that, “We are therefore left with no other option than to direct all members to commence an indefinite strike action with effect from 12 midnight of Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, unfailingly”.

The Union went further to express its disappointment over the failure of the Minister of Health to avail himself for a crucial meeting scheduled to deliberate on pending issues affecting the welfare of health workers.

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