Reliable information reaching us from Uyo, capital city of Akwa Ibom State is that the Federal Government owned University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) has being plunged into entire darkness.
We gathered that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Mr Peter Etete directed the CMAC to pass a circular round the hospital directing that the generating set which supply power to the wards and various clinical departments should not be switched on again, noting that they have not been generating revenue since Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) which the CMD and CMAC belongs are on strike.
According to one of our source, the wards are always in darkness with the Nurses sleeping there while patients on admission groan under the harsh condition. The Orthopedic unit where patients are lying helpless are the worst hit as they need fan to enable some of the pains they feel go away.
Findings reveal that the decision was carried out following a secret meeting held between the CMD and the few NMA members where it was agreed that the only way to make the strike effective was to render other workers and departments useless. The Physiotherapy department we authoritatively gathered has been working as if there is no strike, with all their patients coming for treatment, while the ones in the ward are also being treated. The circular which is now in effect will therefore cripple their activities as most of the machines used for treatment work with power.
UUTH has N4.675 Billion as her budget for 2014 with N22.294 million allocated for the procurement of a dedicated 100KVA generator which is yet to be bought.
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