The Association of Resident Doctors at Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Enugu State Government, demanding increased doctor recruitment and improved security measures.
In a communique jointly signed by the President of ARD-ESUT, Dr. Chukwunonso Ofonere, and its Secretary-General, Dr. Ikemefuna Nnamani, the association expressed these concerns after concluding an Emergency General Meeting at ESUT Teaching Hospital in Parklane, Enugu.
The statement urged both ESUTH Teaching Hospital management and the Enugu State Government to declare a state of emergency regarding the employment of doctors within the hospital.
Noting that one hundred and twenty days had passed since the government, through the Secretary to the State Government, pledged to employ Medical Officers and Resident Doctors, the association expressed disappointment at the absence of any related advertisements.
The communique also mentioned that the Emergency General Meeting was informed about the management’s proposed safety plans for doctors and other health workers in the hospital. Despite this, the association decided to extend the initial 14-day ultimatum by an additional 14 days, set to conclude on December 1st.
“First, the management should declare 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,” the statement partly read.