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200 Level Student Dies Over Doctors Strike In Crossriver

Following strike action embarked upon by Doctors, A 200 level female student of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has been reported dead.

The student, which belonged to the Department of Food Science Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Miss Rebecca Chukwueke, died as a result of doctor’s negligence at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH.

Daily Post reports that Miss Chukwueke is the fourth student that died in the University of Calabar and Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH in the state in recent times due to management lapses in both institutions.

Findings said after being unconscious, she was rushed to the hospital where she was not attended to on the ground that the health workers were on strike, but was later rushed to the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital at Murtala Mohammed High Way, Calabar, where she died after an unknown ailment.

The deceased friend who pleaded to be anonymous said: “We assisted her from UCTH to the General Hospital, Calabar, yet the same excuse and finally, we took her to the Navy Hospital at Highway, where she was confirmed dead.”

The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD-UCTH chapter earlier embarked on industrial action on March 18, 2019, as a result of non-payment of salary arrears from 2014-2016.

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According to a communiqué, ARD-UCTH/Vol. 025/03/071, signed by the President and Secretary, Imoke Echang and Ucheji Okechuchwu in March, “The strike will continue indefinitely until our request is met”.

Reacting, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UCTH, Prof. Thomas Agan said “The money has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Finance for the payment of the arrears. ‘The doctors will be paid this week, needless of them embarking on the strike’’.

 

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