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UBTH cautions against assault on medics, dismisses erring staff

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
04 December 2021   |   3:59 am
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof. Darlington Obaseki, yesterday, reiterated call for stoppage of any form of assault against health workers in the course of performing their duties.

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The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof. Darlington Obaseki, yesterday, reiterated call for stoppage of any form of assault against health workers in the course of performing their duties.

He also disclosed that three staff of the hospital recently got their appointment terminated after due consideration by the Board of Management for various offences and misconduct.

This was contained in a statement issued by the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Joshua Uwaila and made available to The Guardian in Benin City, Edo state.

He said, “Three members of staff of the hospital recently got their appointment terminated after due consideration by the Board of Management for various offences. While two others are at various stages of disciplinary investigation to determine their culpability or otherwise with regards to certain allegations bordering on financial impropriety.

“Management assures everyone that the Public Service Rules would be adhered to strictly and every matter will be decided on its merit.”

The CMD also encouraged members of staff to continue to render top notch services to patients and clients of the hospital, adding that it would not shield any erring staff who is found wanting in the event of the establishment of a case of misconduct or serious misconduct.

In another development, the Vice Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami, officially opened the ACTUATE Biodigester Site, a project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF -EPSRC ), and the Global Research Translation Award (GRTA)

Salami, during the official commissioning of the ACTUATE Biodigester Site, restated her commitment in ensuring that the institution remains a potential hub for environmental research and sustainability.

In his remarks, the ACTUATE Team Lead, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye informed the Vice Chancellor and her Management Team that the ACTUATE Project is a translation of the RECIRCULATE Project which is also funded by the GCRF and which has Lancaster University, UK, Lancaster University, Ghana and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana as partners.

He also explained that the success of the RECIRCULATE Project led to the translation award as the RECIRCULATE Project provided the platform to develop the biogas technology in the laboratory while the ACTUATE Project represented the actual deployment of the technology in the field.

While taking the Vice Chancellor and the Management Team on a guided tour of the facility, Prof. Ezemonye explained how waste, particularly cattle rumen, is used to produce biogas through the anaerobic digestion process and how the biogas is converted to electricity which powers the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE-Nigeria) Building for about seven hours daily.