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Fear, confusion as robbers attempt invading UCTH

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Fear, confusion at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) as robbers tried to invade Female Orthopaedics Ward at about 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Nurses and patients, who had recently undergone surgeries in the ward, narrowly escaped being robbed by the hoodlums.

A patient (names withheld) told The Guardian that the hospital was in total darkness when the hoodlums tried to force their way but they flew when suddenly the light came up.

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According to her, “the experience was horrible. We were looking for where to hide with pains from stitches got from surgery but thank God that nurses in the ward were bold enough to make several calls that made them put on the generator and as soon as the light was up, they all ran away.

“It is true that doctors are on strike but I have to stay here until I recover completely.”

Also, a nurse, who preferred anonymity, said the hospital had been facing problem of insecurity for sometimes now. She said that at several occasions, nurses and patients had been robbed at gunpoint.

When contacted, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Prof. Ngim Ngim, refused to comment on the incident. He, however, promised to call back but never did.

In another development, the Chief Medical Director of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Dr. Muhammed Alkali, has decried the embargo placed on employment of workers by the Federal Government.

Alkali, who then pleaded with the appropriate authorities to lift the embargo to enable the hospital function as expected based on its expanded facilities, said: “Our major challenge is government policies. Some of these policies affect us the more. This embargo on employment is affecting service of our facilities. Every sector of our facilities is overstretched because of manpower. This is because of the general embargo. We are pleading with government to review this embargo and give peculiar consideration to the health sector.”

The ATBUTH CMD stated this in Bauchi at a programme organised by the management of the hospital to give award to best members of staff for the year 2018.

Meanwhile, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) has said that four suspected cases of Cerebro‎-Spinal Meningitis have been recorded in the state.

This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman of the BSPHCDA, Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa, ‎while speaking with newsmen yesterday.

According to him, one of the suspected cases was confirmed to be streptococcus pneumonia, a strain that does not cause an epidemic.

He said that one other case was under investigation as samples had been taken for analysis to confirm whether it ‎is meningitis or another disease.


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