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Nurses at Jos university teaching hospital pull out on their services

On Monday, Nurses at an isolation centre for Covid 19 pulled out on their services thereby leaving all Nineteen patients to their fate.

Mrs Mercy Lenka who is the Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives for the JUTH branch established this development to a correspondent in Jos and blamed the Government for the decision taken stating that they were forced to pull out on their services in order to save the lives of their family members from being infected with the virus.

According to Mrs Mercy Lenka:

”Yes, we have asked our members to withdraw their services at the JUTH isolation center. Ideally, when you are involved in the treatment of confirmed cases of COVID-19, you are not supposed to go back home and mingle with your family members or anyone else.

“You are supposed to go to a hotel or any other accommodation that the management, the state or federal government would have made provision for. You go there and stay while doing your work. When you are done, you are expected to stay back for two weeks and samples would be taken which must be confirmed negative before you will be allowed to go back to your family members.

“This has never been provided for our members in JUTH. Besides, nobody has given any stipend, incentive, or hazard allowance to the nurses who have been risking their lives while treating the patients. Already, one of the nurses tested positive for the diseases about two days ago, and yet, they did not see the need to attend to our demands because they still allow the nurses to go back home after work.

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“We have done everything to get the attention of the government in addressing these issues without success. Considering the danger this practice poses to the lives of the nurses, their families, and other individuals, we decided to ask them to withdraw their services until these issues are addressed.”

However, Commisioner for Health Dr Ninkong Lar Ndam expressed his displeasure at the step taken by the Nurses as the concerns raised by the Nurses where already being considered by the Government.

He said:

Why would you leave somebody that is very sick as a nurse. If they have issues, they would have discussed it with us. There was no much negotiation and they went ahead to withdraw their services because as a government, we have not neglected anybody in Plateau State in addressing the COVID-19 challenge.

“As a matter of fact, we have been working very hard to ensure that we provide them with accommodation which they complained about. In fact, over the weekend, we got accommodation for them at the NDLEA camp near Rikkos but we have to decontaminate the place and make the necessary repairs before they can move in and we are hoping that by tomorrow, it should be ready for use. Meanwhile, we have mobilized doctors to the isolation centre to see how we will continue to attend to the patients.”

Mary Ama
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