The Nurses at one of the isolation Centres for COVID-19, Jos University Teaching Hospital in Plateau State, as on Monday withdrew their services.
All nineteen patients at the isolation centre were abandoned as a result.
Mrs. Mercy Lenka, who is the Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, JUTH branch, confirmed the development on Monday.
The chairman blamed the government for their action. She stated that they were constrained to withdraw their services at the isolation centre to save the lives of their members from being infected with Covid-19.
“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, she added.
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.
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, the State Government has reacted to the action of the nurses.
According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ninkong Lar Ndam, said that the government as address all the concerns that was raised by the nurses and surprised why the nurses still withdraw from services.
“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.”