Many have raised concerns on how COVID-19 patients will receive treatments as 25 resident doctors in Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau State have been sacked by management of the Medical Center Healthforbes Media reports.
The disengagement of the 25 residential doctors aroused panics at the health institution as this is one of the Isolation Centres for COVID-19 victims in Plateau State.
Dr Stephen Lukden, who’s the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, JUTH chapter, reported the development on Wednesday the 6th May 2020.
Dr Stephen uttered that it’s true that 25-resident Doctors received letters of termination of their residency training and information also reached us that more termination letters will be issued in the next week’s/months to come. We haven’t experienced such before.
The letter written to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH)’s Chief Medical Director by name Prof Edmund Banwat, by the association appealing to the hospital’s management to reverse the sacking letters issued to their members explaining the action as illegal and unjust act.
The letter was jointly signed by the General Secretary, Dr Noel Nnaegbuna and the president of Association Resident Doctors Lukden stated that the Medical Residency Training act 2017 that was signed into law by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and gazetted on July 16, 2018 described guidelines on the conduct of residency training programme in Nigeria.
In a letter dated June18, 2019 it was pointed out that the Federal Ministry of Health also instructed all Chief Medical Directors in the Federal Tertiary Health institutions to begin the implementation of the gazetted MRTA acts with immediate effect and wondered why the Jos University Teaching Hospital’s management would go further to disengage 25-resident doctors not in accordance of the constitutional laws.
The ARD letter was dated May 4, 2020 which was copied to the Board Chairman of Jos University Teaching Hospital, (JUTH), Medical Advisory Council, Nigerian Medical Association, amongst others it stated,
“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 Medical 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 to regulate the residency training and also routinely bring out online data bases stating when a resident should be withdrawn from the programme.
“This is a similar situation that occurred at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi where a number of 33 residents were wrongfully sacked 2-weeks ago. Thereafter deliberations with the governor and the residents were recalled this week.
“However, we have asked the management to look into the issue repeatedly and promptly review the affected residents as stated in the Medical Residency Training Act by withdrawing the sacked issued letters and re-issuing it appropriately to the affected residents doctors.
We tried reaching out to the Chief Medical Director, Prof Banwat but our reach out yielded no result on Wednesday the 6th May 2020. Join our readers in our Facebook page by clicking on the Like button here