As the coronavirus pandemic tore deeper into every part of the country and affecting the economy, Saint Gerard Catholic hospital, Kaduna, has laid off over 100 staff as part of measures to remain in operation.
The affected staffs got their notice of sack via SMS on Thursday, asking them to “proceed on compulsory leave without pay”.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Mr. Sunday Ali said the staff were not laid off, but were asked to go home pending when the situation will improve, according to The Sun.
“In the letter, the hospital gave to the affected staff, the hospital did not state that they were laid off, it stated that they should go home for now until the situation improves. So the hospital did not lay off any staff. The fact remains that there is no need keeping them when our financial base is running down because there are no enough patients.
“How will the hospital pay salaries of these staff if it continues to keep them for the period of coronavirus crisis. So the hospital has no option than to ask them to go home for now pending when the situation improves”, he added.