By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”TRUE to their threat, workers of theÂ Ebonyi state University Teaching Hospital (EBSUTH), yesterday, embarked on another indefinite strike afterÂ the state government together with the hospital management board, failed to meet the demands of the tertiary hospital worker, who only three months ago suspended a-three month strike that crippled the institution.
Chairman of EBSUTH board, Mr Ben Oka failed to respond to enquiry by Vanguard but Chairman of the Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Ifeanyi Umoke, confirmed that his people only worked up till 12 noon yesterday,Â before vacating the place until further notice. He was corroborated by Nurses Union leader, Mr Chimere Nwugo,Â who brandished a paper, asking the nurses to resume the strike.
The Joint Unions/Associations of EBSUTH comprising of The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (ANLSN), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (M&HWUN), and National Association of Professional Secretarial Staff of Nigeria (NAPSSON) of the hospital had alleged that except for two points, the EBSUTH management abandoned the remaining eight points out of the 10-point of the agreement parties reached before they suspended the strike on June 24, this year.
The Unions last week, issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Governor Martin Elechi led-government and the hospitalâ€™s management to implement the remaining 8 points of the agreement reached between the parties or the workers would resume the strike action.
The workers lamented that three months after signing of the 10-point agreement reached before the teaching hospital workers suspended the then three months strike that grounded the hospital, the management of the hospital, has not lived up to expectation in fulfilling their own side of the agreement.
Spokesman of the workers Dr. Chibuzor Kalu, said that last strike, which lasted from April 7 to June 24,Â was embarked upon by the workers to press home their demand for implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS) among other things aimed at improving the quality of healthcare service in EBSUTH but that up till date,Â most part of the agreement have not been met.