Dozens of volunteers at the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, of the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, where patients down with Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, are receiving treatment have threatened to stop reporting to their duty posts over non-payment of their emoluments by the Nigerian government.
According to investigations carried out by Premium Times, it was revealed that the volunteers are being owed over two weeks of their daily entitlements by government.
On Friday morning, two patients were still in the hospital’s isolation ward – a clergyman who had prayed for Iyke Enemuo, the Rivers State-based medical doctor who died of the virus; and Dr. Enemuo’s wife who had contracted the virus. By Friday evening, the clergyman was discharged from the centre after his test results returned negative, leaving Mrs. Enemuo as the only patient in the ward.
It was gathered that while medical doctors and nurses who had volunteered to attend to patients down with the Ebola virus are being paid N50, 000 and N40, 000 per shift respectively; the monies have not been forthcoming since a fortnight ago.
Other low cadre workers at the IDH such as the ward attendants and laundry men who take care of the patients’ laundry have also not been paid.