Volunteers at the Infection Disease Hospital, (IDH), of the Yabab Mainland Hospital, Lagos where patients with Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, are receiving treatment have threatened to stop reporting to their duty posts over the non-payment of their daily entitlement by Nigerian government.
It was revealed that the volunteers are being owed over two weeks of their daily pay.
Two patients on Friday morning were still in the hospital’s isolation ward, the Port Harcourt Dr. Enemuo’s wife and the clergyman who had prayed for Enemuo.
By Friday evening, the clergyman was discharge from the centre after his test returned negative leaving Mrs Iyke Enemuo as the only patient in the ward.
It was also gathered that while doctors and nurses who had volunteered to treat patients down with Ebola virus are being N50,000 and N40,000 per shift respectively; the money has stop coming since fortnight ago.
Other low cadre workers at the IDH such as the laundry men, ward attendants who take care of the patients have also not been paid.
“The place is tough at the moment, no communication from the top to the ground, most of us have worked for two weeks without pay,” a volunteer who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation,
“And not just without pay, initially, what was agreed was that at the end of each shift, you take your pay and go home.
“Right now they are just compiling, they are not paying us, we just work and go home, and this is like over two weeks now, no pay, and nobody is addressing us whether pay is coming or not.
“The most painful aspect of this whole thing is that all of us that enter and take care of these patients, carry their shit, you know they stool a lot, clean them up, do all the necessary things, that treated these people are the people suffering now.
“But those people who call themselves the officials, the truth is that they don’t even witness how these Ebola patients look like, they’ve not even seen them. They don’t enter inside at all, they don’t go in, they don’t dress in that hood (Personal Protective Equipment). They don’t go close to the patients,” the volunteer added.