Association of Resident Doctors in Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Enugu State Government to employ more doctors and ensure security.
This is contained in a communique issued on Saturday at the end of the emergency General Meeting of the association in ESUT Teaching Hospital, Enugu held at the weekend.
The communique was jointly signed by the President of ARD-ESUT, Dr. Chukwunonso Ofonere, and its Secretary General, Dr. Ikemefuna Nnamani.
The statement called on the management of ESUTH and the Enugu State Government to declare a state of emergency on the employment of doctors in the hospital.
According to the statement, the EGM observed that it is 120 days since the government, through the Secretary to the State Government, promised ARD of employment of medical officers and resident doctors, but has not even advertised to that effect.
It said the EGM was also informed of the management’s plan to ensure the safety of doctors and other health workers in the hospital.
The statement noted that the EGM had resolved to extend the initial 14 days ultimatum by another 14 days ultimatum, which shall end on Dec. 1.
The statement reads: “First, the management should declare a state of emergency on the employment of doctors in the hospital. There should be an urgent approval for the recruitment of medical officers, resident doctors and house officers in the hospital.”
“This recruitment should be focused especially at the Accident and Emergency Department, Surgery Department, Internal Medicine Department, Paediatrics Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments,”.