Chief Medical Director of JUTH called to resign – for lack of drugs, patients’ care
As an aftermath of prolonged careless attitude to plight of patients in the hospital alongside non-availability of drugs has compelled health workers of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to embark on a peaceful protest during the week, under the umbrella of Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), and also call for immediate resignation of the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Edward Banwat.
The protesters, who went round the city center of Jos, were at the Gbong Gwom palace from where they proceeded to the Plateau State Government House.
Speaking to newsmen when asked why they were on the protest, the State Secretary of JOHESU, Comrade Samfi Pius, said that they were protesting so that the President should know of their plight.
He said, “Besides their personal demand, there is also the issue of non availability of drugs and that of the plight of their patients.”
According to him, their work is not like that of an educational institution where lectures can be taken after calling off strike. “Ours deal with health issues and people are dying because of the attitude of the CMD.”
Comrade Pius stated that, they don’t have consumables and also lack of drugs in the hospital is causing the death of patients. According to him, “A drug was prescribed to a patient and it was not available; when a relation went to buy it, he had an accident and eventually died and the patient also died.”
“We have involved our national body into the matter but the CMD had told them that the minister of health has instructed him not to enter into any agreement with them anymore.”
Comrade Pius further said that the best way to let the authority concerned be in the picture is to come out and protest, adding that, “we are going to the Government House to deliver our letter to the Governor, so that he can also deliver it to the President.” The protesters uniformly dressed in black T-shirts, carried placards with inscriptions like: “no more casualization of staff,” “bad leadership,” “CMD most go,” among others.