Discussions between national leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and management of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to resolve the on-going industrial action by the health workers has hit the rocks.
The parties could not reach an agreement based on divergent views which has worsened the situation, as the strike could only be suspended by the national leadership of the unions following the breakdown in the negotiation.
Following the deadlock, the congress gathered once again for a briefing on the outcome, which has taken the power of negotiation away from the local chapter, as only the national leadership can call off or suspend the on-going industrial action.
The management of Jos University Teaching Hospital insists that issues remaining unresolved are national issues that need the attention of the Federal Ministry of Health, which the hospital management does not have powers to negotiate.
The Plateau State government through the state Ministry of Health has been mediating to see the end of the dispute with the interference of Governor Simon Lalong which has not yielded positive result.
Meanwhile, as the industrial dispute continues, patients are the most affected.
The Joint Health Sector Unions comprises of Non-Academic Staff Union, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Medical and Health Workers Union as well as National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.
The continued industrial action by Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), is taking its toll on health services to the public at the Tertiary Health Centre.
Members of the unions maintain that until their demands are met, there is no going back to work, despite pleas from the management that the public should be considered.
Chairman of the Union, Mustapha Kabir, declared the continuation of action against some decisions of the management.
He noted that the management failed to honour the agreement reached on a memorandum of understanding with JOHESU.
The congress mandated the unions to resume the suspended strike until the demands are met leading to activities at the hospital running at slow pace with only medical doctors and consultants attending to patients.
The management of JUTH, however, differed on some of the allegations, explaining that some issues raised by the unions will be solved at the national level, while those for the hospital are receiving attention.
With the industrial action running for more than two weeks, both the unions and management of JUTH need to come to an agreement for work to resume immediately, as patients are the most affected.
Physical exercise has been found to have the capacity to reduce the incidences of cancer in people who practice it.
The assertion was made by Mr Henry Onowe, Assistant Director, Physiotherapy Department, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) during the 2014 world physical therapy day organised by the Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Plateau State.
In his lecture at the occasion, titled “fit to take part or perform”, Dr. Onowe said lifestyle of most cancer patients can be modified with exercise.
The Plateau State Chairman, Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Dr. Samuel Adedayo, said the contribution of physiotherapist to individual and nation was immense and appealed to politicians and policy makers to play a key part in helping the profession.
Another speaker at the event, Dr. Madaki Aboi, Head of Department, family medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, believed every worker needs exercise.
As the members of the Nigeria Medical Association enter the second day of their strike, doctors in public hospitals in Plateau State have joined in full compliance to the directives to embark on the indefinite strike.
Chairman of the body in Plateau State, Dr Christopher Yilgwan, during a press briefing in Jos, declared that the doctors in the state and across the nation, would continue to stay off duty until the Federal Government respects the agreement reached by both parties.
A visit to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Juth, in Jos North-Central region of Nigeria, indicates that doctors were not attending to patients as most places were deserted.
The Outpatient Department (OPD) that was usually a beehive of activities was empty, as patients were not been attended to with the exception of patients on admission at the various wards.
As a measure of not leaving the patients without any medical attention, consultants and nurses have been filling the gap in the absence of the doctors, particularly for those on admission at the wards.
As the feud between the medical doctors and the Federal Government continue, government hospital patients have continued to bear the brunt.
The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, is asking the people of the state not to be cowed by the spate of bombings being launched by terrorists in the state, but to be courageous and hopeful for an abrupt end of the insurgents.
In order to provide additional support to other security agencies in the state in countering terrorism, the Governor announced the immediate take-off of a local security outfit to be known as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ in the state.
Governor Jang, who spoke at a special interdenominational service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, said that the state would overcome the atrocities of the insurgents if the people put their trust in God.
The explosions, believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), occurred around the busy Jos Main Market, between railway terminus and also at the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has given assurance that the Nigerian military was winning the war against terror.
He said this while urging Nigerians to be patient and cooperate with security agencies by offering useful information.
The Chief of Defence Staff was in Jos, North Central Nigeria in company of security chiefs on a fact finding mission to the scene of last Tuesday’s twin bomb blasts in Jos central market where the State Police Commissioner and the commander of special task force conducted the team round the affected area.
The team thereafter left for the Jos University Teaching Hospital where he met with some of the injured who were receiving treatment for various injuries sustained during the bomb blasts.
Air Chief Marshal Badeh, while assuring Nigerians on the competence of the military, described the attackers as cowards that attack innocent, defenceless and poor citizens in a market place where they were going about their daily jobs in trading and seeking survival.
He attributed the attacks in Abuja, Kano and Jos to the pressure being mounted on the terrorists in the North East, which he described as being too much for the insurgents and this has informed their attacks on soft targets.
President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate release of relief materials to families of the deceased and affected victims of the bomb blasts that claimed many lives and destroyed properties in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday.
The coordinator, joint security information center, Mr Mike Omeri, told a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday said 75 people lost their lives while 70 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The explosions, believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), occurred around the busy Jos main market, between railway terminus and the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
While advising residents to desist from rushing to bomb blast scenes in order to avoid being victims, Omeri said that the federal government had asked the UN Security Council to place an embargo on the Boko Haram sect and a response is expected soon.