Stella Dimoko Death Of UNIBEN Student At UBTH Sparks Students Protest.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Death Of UNIBEN Student At UBTH Sparks Students Protest.

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital ( UBTH) was shut down Thursday afternoon when students from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) blocked entrance to the hospital while protesting the death of a student who was said to have died shortly after being brought to the hospital.

The aggrieved students who protested from the University of Benin main gate to the UBTH gate alleged that their colleague identified as Chibuike Jerald, a 300 level student of the Department of Philosophy and Religion gave up as result of negligence.

The students say his death was avoidable and invaded the hospital in anger forcing the UBTH security officials to lock the gates to the hospital to avoid further escalation.

Speaking to newsmen, the leader of the group of protesters who  gave his name Agbolahor Manassehon  said their colleague died because of negligence on  the part of the hospital management.

"When he was brought in after complaining of fever, we took him to the Accident and Emergency Department around 8pm last night and met some doctors at work. They told us that they could barely help because they did not have Adrenaline and intravenous. We were given prescriptions
to go and get the medications," he said.

"We searched for the drugs but because it was night we could not get them on time. By the time we could get the recommended materials we were informed he had passed on. It is worrying that his death which was very avoidable was caused by issues as embarrassing as a hospital like UBTH not having syringes and needles.

It has become a common practice in the UBTH for doctors to demand from the patience before obliging them medical services due to non availability of basic medical facilities," he said.

He also alleged that the continued industrial disharmony in the
institution has affected the quality of health care delivery as
doctors, nurses and other health workers always exhibit nonchalant attitude due to poor welfare.
They called on the management of the hospital to improve on the relationship with the workers in the hospital so as improve the quality of health care services given to the public.

Some of the placards held by the protesters had messages like, "Ibadin enough is enough; UBTH is not working; There is no gloves, syringes in UBTH; Prof Ibadin pay UBTH doctors;UBTH has lost her glory," amongst others.

The protest comes after several warnings came from doctors at the hospital who last month wrote a letter to patients informing them of conditions in the hospital  which has made it impossible for doctors to function seamlessly in their effort to guarante adequate healthcare delivery.

They listed some of the problems as the lack of materials, decaying infrastructure and what they termed management irresponsibilty

In March, the Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) UBTH chapter, declared a State of Emergency at the hospital due to the acute decay of administration procedures and state of equipment in the hospital.

Following an emergency general meeting held to discuss   issues
bothering on patient care staff welfare and infrastructure, the
executive of the association led by the association Ppresident, Dr. Eustace Oseghale, said a state of emergency became necessary as patients coming to the hospital cannot be given adequate service.

 “The Association intends to bring to the attention of well-meaning Nigerians the unavailability of basic consumables in the hospital, it’s of note that surgeons in UBTH have to struggle with the operating tables during surgery and the equipment in the sterilising department are often broken down leaving patients, patient relatives and doctors stranded. The accident and emergency is not left out as doctors nurses and patients are often found searching for materials to provide care
with the patients having to go out to source materials most times.

“The call rooms and post graduate library in the hospital are often in darkness and resident doctors on call have to grapple with insects and reptiles in the dark call rooms. Patient care is not the only suffering sector as staff welfare is so bad. The house officers who just completed their house job are been owed several months of salaries despite been over worked as they were grossly short staffed," he said in a press briefing.

“Some UBTH doctors are still been owed June to august 2013 salaries despite several appeals to the management these salaries have dragged for four years. UBTH doctors have been paid percentage of salaries for months and despite several appeals to management there is currently no
plan to pay the deficits,’ he said.pointing out that the associated
problems started in the hospital since the administration of the
present Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Michael Ibadin, took overthe management of the hospital," he stated.

Last month, senior doctors and consultants who constitues members of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) joined the call  for the repairs in the decaying infrastructure and equipment in the hospital which is affecting the delivery of health services in the hospital while giving the CMD an ultimatum notifying him of an industrial action.should their demands not be met.

In a letter dated April 4, 2017 and signed by the association’s
Chairman, Prof. C.A Okonkwo Secretary, Dr. S.U. Okugbo (Secretary), the consultants said that the failure of management to appropriately tackle the issue of  decaying of infrastructure and equipment  at the hospital, poor working environment and non-implement policies
concerning the welfare of doctors as approved by the Federal
Government for doctors  led to their decision to embark on an
industrial strike.

The consultants stated in the letter their grievances as, “poor
working environment in the hospital, as evident by non-functionality of the Radiology Department (x-ray machines, ultrasound machines), non-functional Radiotherapy machine, malfunctioning air conditioners in theatre, epileptic power supply especially to Pathology department.”

Okonkwo also said in the letter that members of the association are also “vexed with the persistent shortfalls in salaries of honourary consultants since July 2016 without any visible resolution in the horizon.”

Some of these issues discussed during the emergency session resulted in the association resolving that management should start the“correction of all inadequacies in the provision of health services in the hospital X-ray machines and the repair of theatre air conditioners as well as the provision of equipment for use in clinical and rehabilitation areas.”

The consultants while giving a 21 day ultimatum to management to meet all their demands or face a full blown strike reminded the CMD, Prof Ibadin, that members of MDCAN have been supportive of his administration and shown patience and understanding with respect to salaries shortfall since last year even as the hospital is regarded as the highest grossing internally generated revenue (IGR) in the whole country.

Some consultants who did not want their identities revealed said they had it in good authority that the CMD, Prof. Ibadin, whose tenure expires in June have actively started lobbying the Minister for Health to give him some extra latitude.

"I will tell you that Ibadin is alredy making serious campaign in
Abuja to get tenure extention and from what we are gathering, he might likely succeed because the Ministry of Health have always been on his side against the doctors here. Throughout all that has been going on at UBTH and with consultants, the ARD and even nurses complaining about equipment decay and mismanagement have you seen the Ministry raise an eye brow? This is a hospital for Christ's sake and we deal
with life and death. The loss of this young man who died yesterday is just the beginning. I tell you, we will record more avoidable deaths should what we are seeing in our equipment and materials insufficiency
continue, " he said.

Another senior doctor blamed the decadence being experienced in hospitals on the APC government led by President Mohammadu Buhari saying he does not care if corruption goes on with the health sector because the president can never be a patient in a Nigeria hospital.

"Who are we to blame the hospital management led by Ibadin when you have the President of the country not even trusting the hospitals in Nigeria to seek medical treatment. President Buhari knows what is going in UBTH but he is not concerned because he does not use any medical facility in the country. Right now as we are speaking he has travelled to the United Kingdom for an ailment that could have been
handled in any Nigeria hospital but he does not care whatever rot being perpetrated by an corrupt C.M.D because he will never be a patient in a Nigerian hospital.

But responding to enquiries by the media on the alleged death, the hospital management neither confirmed nor denied the death of any student.

The Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the University Of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr. Casmir Omuemi  said  UBTH has always been up and doing in the discharge of service to the public.

"I cannot confirm or deny the allegation that a student died in the hospital but that the relationship between the hospital management and the UNIBEN has been very cordial," he responded on phone while adding that the hospital was working in full capacity.

written by
*Ahaoma Kanu*
Investigative Journalist, writer, activist and volunteer.
*National Daily Newspaper*


  1. They would have sent him to a private hospital, ubth get their own for body, nor be 2day Dem start am,most patients taken there do not make it out alive.

  2. May his soul rest In Peace...

    1. Why are they protesting at ubth. They should go to govt house. Ubth is not a private hospital they don't buy thier own equipment na. What's d governor doing?

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  4. So sad just like that the student passed on.Rip

  5. Go to UBTH at your risk. My able bodied Uncle died there over something as minor as appendicitis surgery. UBTH is a death trap! Never go there.

  6. I was told that people die there very regularly and that some fetish or ritual-like thing goes on there. Using people for rituals kinda thing.

  7. We must blame the government.. Do they pay salaries?

    1. You're very stupid,so they shouldn't treat the patient because the govt don't pay well. Idiot

    2. Are they going to use thier own personal money to buy the drugs for you? Even without salary? Are they a church? U are the stupid one bcos govt is supposed to provide all those things

  8. Chain. Wat a country may his soul rest in perfect peace

  9. May his soul rest in peace

  10. 3years ago, my sister would have died in that hospital. One of the doctors there realized we had money to spend and referred her to a private clinic. The next day, my brother saw same doctor in the private clinic, he told him he's the owner.

    Just 2weeks there, she was discharged. The man will collect drugs for free from UBTH and sell it to her.

    That benin sef, pharmacy close too early.

    RIP to the young man.

    1. That's absolute shit. That dr is a killer.

    2. That's what they do go to uniben health centre the pharmacy department will tell you that the drugs are not available. That was how my aunty was prescribed drugs for her kids and she was told that they had just one of the drugs, while she was telling the pharmacist that she'd rather go and buy all the drugs outside one senior staff was passing by she now picked the prescription and told my aunt that they had like five of the drugs and she told them to go and bring the drugs for my aunt. Only God will judge all these hospital staff.

  11. Nawao,hospital has now turned to morgue.#chizoba#

  12. Ibadin is long overdue in UBTH. They need a change of administration.

  13. May his soul rest in peace. Kai!

  14. And a senator is paid how much?? Whereas our teaching hospitals are in ruins !! Which way Nigeria

  15. That what they do there oh Stella...even when I did surgery on my hand I had to buy most of the equipments...I had no choice...Benin is a useless place..ThankGod I finished asap from dat school and left

  16. And what is the CMD doing? When everything is occultic there. Even to become head different things must go on. But that place used to be one of the best some years ago. I just pity Benin. They are supposed to have advanced more than where they are, but no, fetish behaviours will not allow them see road. You will see Bini waxing power where an Etsako or Esan person de.

  17. Ubth again
    I schooled there at the end of the day after graduating as a nurse. My dad was rushed there nobody attended to mum had to call me if I know someone that can attend to them. Na so my dad passed o. Due to negligence (up till date I can't go to ubth because of memories.

  18. Na so my dad and my mother in-law due for ubth due to negligence.
    God dey sha


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