By Haruna Gimba
Health workers at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) have staged a peaceful protest over alleged exploitation by management of the hospital.
Addressing pressmen after observing two unit prayers at the premises of the hospital, chairman of the union, Adamu Musa Sarki said the protest was necessary as all efforts to resolve their differences with the management of the hospital have not yielded results.
He said: “Each of our members is doing the work of almost ten persons in this hospital and the union has complained to the management of the hospital several times but so far nothing is being done to address the
situation. The manpower in this hospital is inadequate and we decided that we cannot continue like this.”
The JOHESU chairman added that the workers do not have plans to embark on strike but believe the protest will tell the world their predicament. He urged management to look into the matter with a view to addressing it for the progress of the hospital and its patients.
In his response, the Deputy Director, Public Relations Department of the hospital, Aminu Inuwa, said the matter is currently before the minister of health.
“The minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewale has recently met with the union leadership and management of the hospital over the issue, and the management is still waiting for the outcome of the meeting,” he said.