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Nurses of Juba Hospital go on strike over unpaid bonuses

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January 24, 2009 (JUBA) — Juba Teaching Hospital nurses have entered their fifth day of strike as their minister has failed to meet them and address their demand for unpaid bonuses.

The protest which has begun last Monday is motivated by the nonpayment of infection allowance. More than 700 nurses ask for 1500 Sudanese pound per person declared the strike for the first time on January 20.

Speaking from Juba Teaching Hospital, Dr. Nur el Din said emergency students brought from nursing and university schools are inexperienced in assisting 23 doctors in handling patients. He wondered why infection allowance of nurses should be deliberately denied.

He appeals to health administrators to quickly solve the demand with the strikers but some administrators said that nurses will be brought from Uganda and Kenya to replace the Sudanese.

Officials at health ministry including the acting minister, Mary Kiden Kimbo, have failed to tackle the situation while the minister Dr. Joseph Minytuil, has not been in Juba since Christmas holiday.

Juba Teaching Hospital wards were virtually empty on Saturday but emergency and Operation Theater is operating with reduced staff.

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  • 25 January 2009 13:56, by Gatwech

    Nurses,

    Please stop the strikes, don’t let your patients die in the hospital because of allowances. I hope you get salaries and only want to add allowances. Even soldiers have been waiting for salaries for years, but if they go on rampage the situation would be serious. They chose to complaint while carrying out their duties. Do the same while you resolve the issue with the authority. Don’t stop working!

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    • 25 January 2009 14:58, by F. Vuni Allafi

      The Minister of Health is not in office since Christmas !! this totally unacceptable, he should be sucked... The nurses are claiming their rightful rewards which can motivate them to provide a decent service to their patiants.
      The fruits of CPA is not only for the top officals..

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      • 25 January 2009 17:23, by Dr. Mulazim JUMA SULEMAN

        Theater of the absurd in Juba teaching hospital. Nurses go on strike, the acting minister, Mary Kiden , have failed to solve the situation and the minister Dr. Joseph Minytuil, has not been in Juba since Christmas . And some administrators said that nurses will be brought from Uganda and Kenya to replace the Sudanese. All these are meaningless.

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        • 25 January 2009 19:29, by pills

          Dear nurses,

          We know what you are going through and we do appreciate the good work you are doing. The situation you are in, is created by this crippled government of SPLM/A. but remember, you are not alone, the majority of our people are enduring the same in patience.

          At least, you are getting your salaries. If you keep on strike, you are not punishing the government whose officials can just fly and get the best medical care any where around the globe. In fact you are just adding suffering to our poor people who have no where to go.

          Therefore, let us bring changes in this country through hard working, tolerence, and dedication. The days of these corrupt gangs which called themselves GOSS officials are kicking off. Let us unite our ranks to vote them out of services in the coming elections. They can steal our resources, but they cannot steal our votes. So keep on struggling comerade.

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          • 26 January 2009 02:40, by khamis Isaac

            Dear Pills, your comment could be right if Riek Machar was not the vice to Kiir,I don,t seen the reason to all your blame on the SPLA which is the only party fight for the right of South Sudan.

            what I know so far the problems of unpaid nurses was is not in the hand of SPLA officals as the current health minister was not in the SPLA during 21 years war.

            I would like to advice you to direct all your comment to South Sudan betrayed like stupid Gatwich and her three Husbands Riek Machar,Lam Akol and Clement Wani. as he has stated that nurses should not go on strikes and should leave patients on bed to died because he know where money has gone.

            Also I have stated in my last two days on this site that we are lead by the corrupted communities of Bhar El gazle Nuer who are now struggling over power of South Sudan.I am asuring you that it is the time for us to choose a leader.

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            • 26 January 2009 13:28, by Julia Anok

              Some people who use to point finger on each other according to region and tribes is not logic we better point out individuals name.The whole splm party is corrupt start from top to bottom, the concern leader like Riak in splm party is trying his best to return the hearts of grassroot people to have hope in splm party.The Nurses problem have nothing to do with Riak,he is not health minister.Southerner you should respect leaders insulting of leaders is one of worst thing in this web.

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              • 26 January 2009 14:46, by Saaid Nafe

                I would like to advice our Nurses that if those Nurses are brought from Uganda and Kenya,let them crash them and we are behind you.It seem Goss is joking with the people of the southern sudan.
                I strongly advice our people not to vote to any person who;
                1-Have family out side Southern Sudan.
                2-Have childern in schools out side Southern Sudan.
                3-And those who like foreigners to work in the South better then southerners.
                I would like also to advice SPLM to build a strong relationship with the public of the southern Sudan eitherwise this party same of it’s memebers may loss public support and none of them will pass the coming election.

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