Disengaged Uselu psychiatric hospital staff petition presidency
UBTH training 250 doctors as race for new CMD begins
Some aggrieved staff of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu in Benin City, Edo State, have again petitioned the Presidency over alleged harassment and wrongful disengagement from service by the management of the hospital.
In the petition, which was addressed to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and copied the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Governor Godwin Obaseki, among others, the 11 aggrieved staff said the root of the crisis could be traced to what they described as the ‘flawed emergence’ of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Sunday Osasu Olotu.
“The panel set up by the Federal Ministry of Health in December 2011 headed by Director in Permanent Secretary’s Office, Mrs. Rabi Adamu reported that Olotu’s appointment as Medical Director of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Uselu (FNPH), Benin was flawed,” the petition read in part.
They said they decided to write another letter when they did not get a reply to the first.
However, scores of aspirants have applied for the position of Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) as the tenure of its outgoing director, Professor Mike Ibadin expires.
The Guardian gathered that a former National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, a former Chairman of the Edo chapter of the NMA, Professor Afekhide Omoti among others, have indicated interest in the position.
Meanwhile, Ibadin has said the tertiary health institution recorded more human and infrastructure development during his tenure just as he disclosed that UBTH was currently training over 250 doctors from other hospitals across the country to meet the nation’s health needs.
Ibadin said the feat was made possible because of the quality of personnel and equipment in the hospital, describing his tenure as most fulfilling and transparent.
Briefing newsmen at the weekend in Benin City, during a tour of projects executed by his administration, Ibadin scored himself over 95 per cent across board in human capital and infrastructure development.