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Ethnic discrimination: JUTH disowns nurse in viral video

The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) has disowned the nurse who was seen in a viral video instructing patients on how to document their ethnic…

The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) has disowned the nurse who was seen in a viral video instructing patients on how to document their ethnic details in the patients’ form.

Her instruction, which suggested discrimination in treatment against Hausa and Fulani Muslims living in Jos, the Plateau State capital, has generated reactions online.

In the video, the nurse was seen addressing new patients and saying that if patients wrote Fulani or Hausa as their tribe and claimed Plateau as their state of origin and Jos North their local government area, the system would shut down because it recognised only four tribes: Jarawa, Naraguta, Buji and Berom in Jos North.

Reacting to the issue after a publication in Daily Trust Saturday, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of JUTH, Dr Pokop Bupwatda, at a press conference, said the management of  teaching hospital frowned ot any form of discrimination.

He said the nurse in the said video had been reprimanded and being sanctioned prior to the media publication because she was not speaking on behalf of the hospital.

According to the CMD, the nurse was not even in the unit that collates patients’ data, adding that on a daily basis, many of their patients are Hausa/Fulani.

”If you go to the wards you will see Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo and other tribes receiving treatment. People can come to the wards to see for themselves,” he said.

Regarding the form requesting patients to fill in details of their tribe, religion and origin, Bupwatda said it had been the practice to guide on the appropriate treatment for patients.

He added that certain religions, cultures and beliefs frowned at some form of treatment; hence such requiements.

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