UCTH Claims Interns Threaten CMD and Hospital’s Tranquility
The management of the University of Calabar University Hospital(UCTH) has raised the alarm about the threats to the life of the medical director, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, and to the peace in the hospital.
A statement entitled “Non-payment of interns and other irregular allowances” signed by the director of administration, Ededet Eyoma, alleged that a misguided group among the interns at the hospital had continued to act in ways that promote peace and safety of the hospital, patients, and staff.
The statement read: “These actions that do not suit a group of professionals have now expanded to include overt threats and the open investigation, discussion, and planning of the Chief Medical Director’s kidnapping on the interns’ general social media blog.
“These interns have set a date limit of month-end July 2021 to devastate our hospital with a ‘heavy hit’.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, management has duly informed the security services to act decisively to maintain the peace and safety of life and property in our hospital.”
Management also said it had made concerted efforts to solve the problem of the shortage of irregular reimbursements for tertiary health care facilities across the country by 2021, and strived to ensure that the salaries of trainees and other involved employees were paid.
It further disclosed that several meetings had been held with the interns in the presence of the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses & Midwives and the Joint Health Sector Unions as witnesses to reassure them that any salary due would be paid as soon as the government freed up money for this purpose.
“The amount of N6.5m released to the hospital each month has been used pro-rata to pay their benefit. This was led by the board of directors and the last filing for this purpose was on July 9, 2021.
“When sometime in May 2021 the sum of N24m became available to the hospital; management facilitated the use of these funds to pay only the interns. Management remains in contact with the relevant authorities to insist on the need to resolve this issue and alleviate the suffering of our employees and interns,” the statement said.