Nurses in the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Plateau, have shunned shift duty following non-payment of their three months shift duty allowance.
The nurses have adjusted to working the regular hours of 7 a.m to 3 p.m daily, exclusive of weekends.
Mr Mustapha Kabir, the Chairman, Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), JUTH chapter, confirmed this development to journalists on Monday in Jos.
Kabir said that his members were yet to receive the N63 million released to the management of the tertiary health institution in December 2015 for the payment of the three months shift duty allowance.
However, he attributed the delay and non-payment of the arrears to payment migration to the IPPIS in 2015, when the Federal Government mopped up the fund by the end of 2015.
The chairman also blamed the management for treating the matter with levity and failure to retrieve the workers legitimate entitlements from the government treasury in spite of being reminded by the union throughout 2016.
“Throughout 2016, we waited for the management to get back the money from the Federal Government, but they failed in spite of our notice to them, hence our resolve to stop further shift duties,” he said.
Kabir said that the indefinite industrial action commenced on March 7, until their demand was met.
He further revealed that radiologists, medical lab scientists and pharmacists were also on strike in the institution.
“No nurse runs afternoon or night shift, as all the nurses come to work only in the morning to perform their duties and close at 4 p.m,” he said.
Reacting, the Chief Medical Director of JUTH, Dr Edmond Banwat, said that the management was working earnestly to resolve the issue.
Banwat assured that the funds would soon be made available for payment.
He, however, said that the non-shift embarked upon by the nurses was alien and detrimental to patients.
Banwat lamented that the hospital was not performing optimally due to the actions of some its workers and appealed to them to resume normal duty.
He said that medical doctors were however working round the clock to serve patients.