Tuesday, 16 August 2016

ABUTH Doctors Protest Over Snake Bites

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) chapter, yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration over the incursion of snakes and other reptiles in the hospital.

Leading the protest, the President of the union, Dr. Waziri Aliyu said: “The poor environmental sanitation within the hospital and its environs has led to one of our member being bitten by a poisonous snake at the staircase of the surgical ward. Sadly enough, he almost lost his life as he suffered from envenomination because the hospital could not provide anti-snake venom for its doctor on duty for over 36 hours after the snake bite.”

He also added that facilities at ABUTH were in a deplorable condition and the hospital staff cannot conduct simple investigations like X-ray, ultrasound or MRI,  due to faulty machines.

“We also have the problem of low residency training, refusal to reinstate the sacked resident doctors, skipped levels, victimisation of NARD members following involvement in the directed strike of June 2016, among others. If the management fails to meet our demands, our members would proceed on three-day warning strike from today (yesterday),” Aliyu said.

When contacted, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Lawal Khalid, confirmed that there were snakes in the hospitals. He however denied that the hospital’s environment is in a deplorable condition.


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