Mother of pregnant girl pleads with midwives to call off strike

Mother of pregnant girl pleads with midwives to call off strike
A woman walks near the department of obstetrics and gynecology (photo credit: CGTN Africa)

Josephine Laku, a mother of a pregnant lady in labor has pleaded with nurses at Juba Teaching Hospital to resume duty to save the life of her daughter and other patients.

On Thursday, midwives working in the maternity department at Juba Teaching Hospital laid down their tools citing poor wages and working conditions.

This came in less than a month after medical staff working at Juba Teaching Hospital went on strike due to delays in salaries.

Yesterday, City Review visited the main hospital and caught up with Josephine Laku, whose pregnant daughter was seriously bleeding and the situation was worsening because of lack of medical care.

Worsening situation

 “I brought my daughter here but up to now, there is no one to help her. She is in a critical situation. I don’t know what to do, no money to take her to the private clinic,” she lamented.

 “I appeal to them (midwives) to return to work to help poor people like us,” she pleaded.

“This is the government hospital to help us who are poor and have no one to support us, but if it becomes like this what we are going to do,” she proceeded to say.

In August, the emergency medical staff who went on strike demanded incentives, accommodation, feeding while on duty, and the provision of the COVID-19 personal protective equipment.

According to the health workers, the emergency department lacked essential drugs crucial for saving the lives of critically ill patients as well as disposable gloves. 

“This is the only way to address the challenges and the problems that we are facing within Juba Teaching Hospital and we need a permanent solution from the hospital administration,” Dr. Emmanuel Ladu told earlier said.

Way back in 2012, an official of Juba Teaching Hospital reported that over nine patients died when medical doctors went on strike over poor pay and working conditions.

The 10-year-old South Sudan which has been experiencing a devastating economic crisis since the onset of the December 2013 civil war, has one of the fragile health systems.

Some health workers have abandoned their profession for better pay jobs to sustain themselves and their family members.