- Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) has reportedly sacked 25 of its resident doctors
- The development is reportedly causing panic as JUTH is being used as one the isolation centres for coronavirus patients in Plateau state
- The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Jos said the sack is unconstitutional and called for immediate reversal
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Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau state has reportedly sacked 25 doctors working with the health institution.
According to The Guardian, the retrenchment of the resident doctors is causing panic at the hospital.
Legit.ng gathers that JUTH is one of the isolation centres for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the state. The development raised concerns about the treatment of quarantined patients.
The president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), JUTH branch, Dr Stephen Lukden, reportedly confirmed the development in Jos on Wednesday, May 6.
Lukden said: “It is true; 25 residents received letters of termination of their residency training and we have information that some will receive theirs in the weeks/months to come. We have not seen this kind of thing before.”
The doctors' association has, however, written the management of JUTH to reverse the termination which it described as unjust and illegal.
The association made reference to the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) 2017, which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari and gazetted on July 16, 2018.
The Act stipulated guidelines on the conduct of residency training programmes in the country.
The association submitted that sacking the doctors was in breach of the Act which the Federal Ministry of Health had also directed all CMDs in the federal tertiary health institutions to implement.
“It is sad that this sack is occurring in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic when the Federal Government is even considering recalling retired doctors to the workforce.
“The unlawful termination of these appointments contravenes the provision of the MRTA, which mandates the National Post-Graduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) to regulate the residency training and also routinely bring out online data bases stating when a resident should be withdrawn from the programme," the letter read partly.
The CMD of JUTH, Prof. Edward Banwat, is yet to react to the development.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of gratitude and responsive leadership, Kwara state government has announced the payment of N25,000 daily for health workers who are at the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq made the pleasant announcement in a statement on Tuesday, May 5, amid the growing clamour for the improved welfare of the health workers nationwide.
According to the governor, the gesture is a show of gratitude towards the efforts of doctors and other medical personnel who are leading the fight against the Covid-19 crisis in the state.
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