Patient relatives jailed for assault as UBTH sacks three staff

Patient relatives jailed for assault as UBTH sacks three staff


Egor Magistrates’ Court in Evbuoriaria Community, has sentenced two patients relatives, Mr. Ikechukwu Sunday and Lucas to three months imprisonment.

Mr Ikechukwu Sunday and his brother simply identified as Lucas — both children of a deceased patient of the hospital, assaulted some medical personnel who were on duty at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital and also destroyed some properties upon the death of their father on January 30, 2021.

Delivering judgement in a suit marked, MECT/17C/2021, the Chief Magistrate Special Grade, Egor, Jonathan Ogbeide, found Ikechukwu Sunday and Lucas guilty on a two count charge of assault and malicious damage to property, with an option of fine.

Responding to the landmark judgement, the Chief Medical Director of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, called on members of the public to stop any form of assault against health workers in the course of performing their duties.

Mr. Joshua Uwaila, Head, Public Relations and Protocols, UBTH in a Press statement on behalf of the hospital management, promised to do all within its powers to protect staff and students in the performance of their lawful duties and would not tolerate any assault against its workforce.

Obaseki further assured members of the public that the hospital will not rest on its oars in its avowed commitment to provide quality healthcare services to its teeming clients.

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In the same vein, Management of UBTH has also encouraged members of Staff to continue to render top-notch services to patients and clients of the hospital and vowed not shield any erring staff who is found wanting in connection with any case of alleged misconduct and dereliction of duty in line with the extant laws in the Civil Service.

The management issued the warning against the background of
the three staff of the hospital whose appointments were recently terminated after due consideration by the Board of Management of UBTH for various offences, according tie the statement.

The statement which did not disclose the names of the affected Staff, revealed that “two other Staff of UBTH are at various stages of disciplinary investigation to determine their culpability or otherwise with regards to certain allegations bordering on financial impropriety”.

The management also assured “everyone that the Public Service Rules would be adhered to strictly and every matter” which is devoid of any interference, “will be decided on its merit.

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