Quite a lot of resident doctors working at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital (AEFUTH) in Abakiliki have taken to Twitter to cry out over non-payment of salaries since they began working on the establishment.
The doctors, who have been employed to AEFUTH in December, alleged they haven’t been paid since they resumed work until now (5 months) and there may be little to no hope of receiving their salaries till the COVID-19 disaster is over.
Most of the doctors ahave taken to borrowing money from associates they usually shared how embarrassing it has been for them as medical doctors and important employees, working on a regular basis in the course of the lockdown, but having to borrow money from associates who’re staying at residence.
A medical physician who works at AEFUTH informed LIB of a resident physician at Abakiliki who broke down in tears throughout surgical procedure after he obtained information that his father suffered a stroke and is now in a coma.
In the presence of sufferers, the physician was inconsolable as he lamented the truth that he by no means obtained his wage for at some point since he began working and as such, he can’t deal with his sick father or reward him for all of the years he despatched him to faculty.
Doctors who spoke to LIB defined that they have been knowledgeable that so as to receives a commission, their bio-data can have to be captured into the IPPIS first. Unfortunately, the IPPIS workplace in Abuja is on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the affected doctors stated: “They maintain telling us that except IPPIS comes to seize us that we are going to by no means be paid. Even if the pandemic retains getting worse as it’s at present getting.
‘Even if it lasts for 2 years. They maintain saying there is no such thing as a approach we shall be paid. Imagine the injustice.
“Some of us had good jobs we have been doing earlier than we obtained right here. We solely got here right here to work for the federal government and do residency. Imagine my disappointment to have left a cushty life for this evil system that doesn’t care if I died or not?
“I ponder why they’re so inefficient. How might they merely refuse to pay us except the pandemic ends?
“I have tried all my best to get a loan but nothing is forth coming because I have borrowed so much already. I have tried to sell anything of worth that I have but no buyers are coming since the pandemic froze the economy. I am totally broken and bankrupt and feeding is now very difficult for me.”
The doctors stated they’ve gone to complain to administration however have been threatened with retrenchment in the event that they maintain complaining.
Another physician informed LIB: “It’s not like we hadn’t began earlier to plead with them to discover a approach to pay us solely for them to maintain telling us to principally maintain quiet and die in silence so as to nonetheless maintain our jobs.
“Imagine that? Threatening employees who’re being owed with sack just because they’re asking for their salaries?
“I keep in mind the primary time we went to ask the administration about our salaries. Having waited for 4 months, we had gathered a couple of of us and went to the administration to ask for our pay. We have been virtually in tears as we went. We have been hoping for one thing hopeful solely to get informed to go residence if we have been bored with working.
“They didn’t even think about that we have been closely in money owed and principally had no technique of survival even when we went residence.
“Can you imagine me going home to depend on my aged parents? The wickedness in this country will astound even the devil.”
He continued: “I’ve not been paid any salaries since I began working for the federal authorities as a resident physician.
It’s been 5 months now without pay, and counting. It’s been 5 months of hunger and lack, of desperation and concern, of hysteria and complete despondence.
“I’m the primary born who is meant to cater for my household. Especially with the coronavirus pandemic which has completely erased my outdated father or mother’s different technique of livelihood.
“It’s been five months of total hopelessness because the hospital I am working for, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki has been telling us all sorts of stories pertaining when we will be paid. The last time we were addressed we were simply told to keep quiet and wait for the pandemic to be over before we would be captured by IPPIS and hence, be considered for payment.”
A married father who works at AEFUTH lamented in regards to the state of affairs. He stated the salaries owed them has made him unable to fulfill his obligations to his household. He added that his spouse and youngsters are ravenous and his spouse has been forced to take up odd jobs to present for the household.
Below are tweets from doctors narrating their ordeal.