NRA ordered to stop collecting revenue from Juba Teaching Hospital

NRA ordered to stop collecting revenue from Juba Teaching Hospital
A woman walks near the department of obstetrics and gynecology (photo credit: CGTN Africa)

The Vice President for Service Cluster Hussein Abdelbagi has directed the National Revenue Authority to stop the collection of revenue from the  Juba Teaching Hospital.

The decision was taken during a meeting held between the VP and the management of the hospital on Monday following the concerns raised by the administration of the provider.

Speaking to The City Review in a telephone interview yesterday, the press secretary in the office of vice president  Hussein Gabriel Kiir William said, “there was a concern from the management of Juba Teaching Hospital that the revenue that is collected is be taken to the revenue authority.”

 The administration said, according to the international standards, the revenue collected from the hospital was supposed to be used for the services of the hospital.

“They pleaded that this revenue collected from the hospital be used for catering for services within the hospital like providing incentives to staff, providing fuel for the generation, and whatever that they may want to do within the hospital,” William said.

Vice President Hussein had promised to follow up with the National Revenue Authority to ensure that they strike off the facility from their revenue bracket.

“The vice president sees this as a genuine concern and would like to see how they can resolve this issue with the authorities of revenue authorities,” Gabriel told The City Review in an interview.

Over 100 doctors and health workers at Juba Teaching Hospital went on strike last week demanding as they told the government to clear their salary arrears before they could consider returning to work on Monday after the vice president’s meeting.

The health workers claimed the government has not been paying them since January. They also complained of a lack of disposable hand gloves and face masks.

The medics also demanded the government to pay their incentives, accommodation, feeding, and personal protective equipment for COVID while on duty.

In August, medical staff mainly from the inpatients’ wards and consultations gave a 72-hour ultimatum for the government to respond to their demands.

They said they did not receive their salaries for three months and that the hospital lacked dumping equipment for used materials such as gloves, face masks, and medical apparatus.

They also complained of lack of accommodation and feeding, lack of incentives, and personal protective equipment.