The decay in facilities at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMUTH) has worsened further as torchlight is now used to perform child delivery in the hospital.
This is among the numerous issues troubling the hospital as a result of which over 300 staff the hospital embarked on a protest recently, blocking the administrative complex of the hospital. This move was basically over the allegation of half payment of salaries and decay in facilities.
According to the chairman, Joint Action Committee, JAC, Mr. Bright Chukwunta, who led the protest, the staff have also declared a 21-day prayer and fasting to seek the face of God in order to intervene in their predicament. In his words: “We are not happy that our salaries have been arbitrarily reduced by 30 percent for the past 18 months and the salaries of the past three months, May, June and July of 2017, are yet to be paid. We cannot even pay our wards’ school fees. “We conduct child delivery operation with torchlight. “And we have a member of the top management committee who has collected three months salary in advance, while we are not paid.
“There’s no staff clinic and the management is running on the hospital’s billing. “The people you are seeing here are made up of Association of Resident Doctors, Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria and National Union of Allied Professionals. “We have declared a 21-day fasting and prayer in the hospital for God to hear our cry.”
In his reaction, the Chief Medical Director of IMUTH, Mr. Fredrick Anolu, said: “It is true that we are owing our staff three months salaries and have been paying 70 per cent for sometime now but it is not our making. The 70 per cent payment is the policy of the state government, which was implemented across the state.” Mr. Anolu added that efforts are on to address the issues raised by the staff.