…Rivers government backs panel
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The panel report on the death of an undergraduate of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) late Miss Kelechi Ndulagwu Precious who died on August 30th 2015 over alleged negligence of duty on the staff of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has been released.
The panel which was headed by a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecologist Prof. John Ikimalo recommended the sack of two female nurses who were on duty when the late Kelechi, an undergraduate of Theatre and Film Studies was brought in.
Addressing the press yesterday at the hospital board room in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UPTH, Prof. Aaron Ojule said because of the critical nature of the matter the hospital management decided to set up a panel to investigate
the circumstance that led to the unfortunate incident.
The CMD who could not mention the names of the nurses said the panel condemned the acts of laxity and indiscipline and decided to recommend for the sack of the two nurses of the hospital who were on duty on the day of the incident.
Prof. Ojule said: “The two staff who flouted established rules and protocol that are applicable in the hospital have been issued queries and based on their unsatisfactory responses, the panel has recommended for their sack.
“Presently we have placed them on three months suspension without pay while waiting for the approval of the ministry of health. What happened was an act of laxity and indiscipline on the part of the affected staff that was why they have to go.”
But the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo says the punitive action taken by the panel set up by UPTH on the two Nurses that orchestrated the death of Miss Kelechi Precious should serve as deterrent to erring public servants.
In a statement issued yesterday by her press secretary, Paul Damgbor Dr. Banigo said the action of the Hospital Management would go a long way to check future acts of negligence on the part of public workers.