According to the chairman of the Resident Doctors Association at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr. Ikechukwu Ukweh, two female doctors were raped when armed robbers invaded the health care centre.
The chief medical director of the hospital, Dr. Thomas Agan, however said that only one doctor was raped.
But whether it was two rape victims or just one, it is a cause for alarm.
Ukweh said that the insecurity in the hospital was one of the reasons the doctors decided to embark on an indefinite strike. Other reasons include non-payment of salaries, training entitlements as well as upgrade of facilities.
As for the CMD Agan, he said: “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.”
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.