Strike action at the Jos University of Teaching Hospital (JUTH), took a new dimension as about 400 resident doctors took to the streets in protest, carrying a mock coffin.
The irate doctors who were sighted at the JUTH complex as earlier as 8:30am on Wednesday, in complaint for inhuman treatment at the hand of their dictatorial Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat.
Led by the Chairman, National Association of Resident Doctors, JUTH Chapter, Dr. Paul Agbo, the doctors gathered at the Pharmacy Checkpoint of the Hospital with the mock coffin, and others carrying placards with writeups which reads “Rest in peace to the many souls killed by bad leadership”, “Illegal sacking by illegal CMC”, “Obey Court order”, “Prof. Banwat, your tenure as CMD is over”, “Come and rescue JUTH”, “Vacate office, your tenure is over” and “Stop illegal sacking of Resident Doctors.”
Amongst other issues, the doctors were protesting for alleged disregard for the order of the National industrial Court which stopped the sacking of doctors in the institution; planned implementation of no work, no pay policy, contrary to the memorandum of the terms of settlement between NARD and the Federal Government.
They also said names of some staff were excluded from the nominal roll for October 2017.