On Wednesday, the 13th of February 2019, there was a widespread panic across the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu as armed robbers invaded the Teaching Hospital and made away with treasured items. The event took place at about 10pm into the night causing a serious disruption in hospital activities.
The armed men robbed Doctors on duty en-route Female Medical Ward, in Accident and Emergency ward and Doctors studying in the Resident Doctors’ library making away with Laptops ,mobile phones, wristwatches and other valuables.
Similar incident occurred two days before the latest event at the House Officers’ quarters in the Hospital where they robbed the House Officers’ canteen, broke into apartments and made away with power generators and valuable assets belonging to Doctors at the Teaching Hospital.
The chairman of The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD Dr Akponye Solomon on this, called for an emergency meeting the following day and a protest was staged to the Hospital management as to the strength of the security team operating in the Hospital.
During the course of the protest, one of the Resident Doctors said “We cannot keep risking our lives attending to patients while our lives are constantly endangered. This nonsense must stop or else we’ll have to stop these calls”
The protest prompted the Hospital management to meet with the Resident Doctors and discuss a new approach to the optimization of security.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Christopher Amah promised the Resident Doctors that He would inform the state commissioner of the Police on the matter and station a Police Patrol team to the Hospital to help halt the nefarious activities of these robbers often seen happening in the hospital.