Resident Doctors practising in the South East Region of Nigeria have passed a Vote of No Confidence on a tertiary health facility owned by the Abia State Government, The Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba (ABSUTH).
The Doctors under the aegis of The South East Caucus, National Association of Resident Doctors, have called on the State Governor to simply put an end to the rot in the health facility by declaring a State of Emergency in the hospital.
The Leader of the Caucus, Dr Chijioke Udu, who is also the President of NARD, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, has this to say
“It is very critical. You cannot even afford ordinary hand gloves.“There is decay in all the facilities there and the workers who are trying to salvage what is left there are asked to go hungry due to non-payment of salaries.
As a caucus, we will not sit down and watch our members being victimised and punished for the sin they did not commit.“You cannot ask one to work for four months without salaries and expect them to give their best. Patients cannot even get the basic things they are supposed to get,” he said.“Workers in ABSUTH have been having perennial salary issues for several months. Anytime the state government clears the debts they will begin to accumulate another one.“That is why in that centre you cannot begin to imagine what is happening there. Patients are not getting the best.