Two female doctors were raped at the University
of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) when
armed robbers invaded the health care centre,
Chairman of Resident Doctors Association at the
hospital, Dr Ikechukwu Ukweh said.
Addressing journalists, he said that was one of
the reasons they embarked on an indefinite strike.
He said the strike was to demand payment of
salaries, training entitlements as well as upgrade
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Thomas
Agan, who said efforts were being made to
resolve the industrial action, said it was one
doctor that was raped.
“I got to know about the armed robbery incident
recently. You see, this hospital sits on 4.316
hectares of land, and part of the perimeter fence
has collapsed. It is therefore very difficult for our
hospital security to effectively police the
premises. This makes the hospital very porous
and vulnerable. Recently too, two cars belonging
to a doctor and a nurse were stolen within the
premises of the hospital. Even patients have had
to escape through the broken fences. I appeal to
all to see security as everyone’s business even
as I plead with the federal government to release
funds meant for us to defray debts and tackle
this challenging security issue”, he said.
Agan said the challenges were not peculiar to
UCTH. He assured that the management was
working very hard to ensure that the strike is
called off within the week.