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Health crisis as Juba Teaching Hospital clinical officers stage pay strike


Author: Okot Emmanuel | Published: 19 seconds ago

The clinical officers and interns at the accident and emergency department have gone on strike at the Juba Teaching Hospital.

The workers are demanding their unpaid allowances.

Their work includes resuscitation and immediate referral of injured persons for immediate treatment.

The sit-in strike that begun on Monday morning has affected the work, with critically ill and injured patients left unattended to.

In a petition last week, the in-house and clinical officers stated that they had not been paid for three months.

They also outline some demands, including payment of incentives, accommodation, feeding while on duty, and the provision of personal protective equipment.

The emergency department staff also disclosed that the hospital lacks disposable nitrile gloves, face mask and other essential drugs necessary to save lives of critically ill patients.

On Tuesday, gave the administration of the Juba Teaching Hospitals 72 hours to respond to their demands or face industrial action.

Dr. Emmanuel Lado, who is among those on strike, told Eye Radio that their ultimatum was not taken seriously by the administration.

“This is the only way to address the challenges and the problems that we are facing within Juba Teaching Hospital and we need a permanent solution from the hospital administration,” Dr. Lado explained.

He argued that the hospital has no excuse but to pay their dues.

The clinical officer stated that the Juba Teaching Hospital gets alot of money from patients who often seek their services.

“They are charging a lot of money, but we don’t know where it is going,” he added.

The over 80 health professionals say insufficient work-related security, accommodation, transport, and other benefits are some of the challenges they face.

Eye Radio’s attempts to get reactions from the administration of Juba Teaching Hospital were not immediately successful.

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