The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) chapter has asked the Enugu state government to employ more doctors and improve security within 14 days.
According to NAN, the resident doctors issued the ultimatum in a communique on Saturday. This was after the end of the Emergency General Meeting of the association in ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, held on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.
The statement was jointly signed by Chukwunonso Ofonere, president of ARD-ESUTH, and Ikemefuna Nnamani, the association’s secretary-general.
The communique 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”.
The association said it has been 120 days since the state government promised the employment of medical officers and resident doctors, but nothing has been done.
“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,” the statement reads.
“This recruitment should be focused especially at the Accident and Emergency Department, Surgery Department, Internal Medicine Department, Paediatrics Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments. ”
“Secondly, management should ensure the implementation of safety policies to protect her workers against physical attacks and kidnap within one week as promised by the chief medical director (CMD).
“Thirdly, the immediate implementation of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), as our counterparts in other states; even as attached to this communique is the list of the eligible doctors and the financial implications.”
The resident doctors said the 14-day ultimatum would terminate on December 1 and industrial harmony may not be guaranteed, if the demands are not met.