Striking Hospital Staff Returns to Work When Container of Supplies Arrives in Nigeria

Hospital staff celebrate the arrival of much needed medical supplies

Imagine a hospital staff going on strike because supplies to care for their patients has been exhausted. Imagine suffering patients without medicines or necessary surgeries or even changes of simple dressings due to lack of essentials. That actually happened in Jos, Nigeria when hospital workers walked out, frustrated by the drain on consumable resources.

But thanks to the partnership between Conscience International and Medshare (Atlanta supplier of surplus medical supplies and equipment for global needs), a 40-foot container full of carefully packed supplies and equipment has arrived at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). Included was a surprise gift of a dental chair. The hospital had only one. Medical staff and hospital workers have now returned to serve the critical needs of the Jos community.

The occasion was marked by a container opening ceremony, covered by Nigerian TV, and a welcome by hospital Medical Director Dr. Edmund Banwat who spoke of the mission of Conscience International and Medshare to deliver life-saving provisions wherever they find a need. Dr. Danny McCain, a professor at the university, represented Conscience International and its President Dr. James E. Jennings.