UCH: Security, Cleaners Lock Out Patients, Doctors
The University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan, Oyo State was put into chaos early Monday morning as cleaners and security men locked out doctors and patients.
The low rank workers were protesting against the hospital management over non-payment of their 11 months salaries.
They locked all the gates leading to the hospital and did not allow any medical worker to gain entry to his office.
According to one of the workers who pleaded anonymity, the management owes the cleaners and security men about 11 months salaries, adding, “We are not going to open the gates until the management announce the date to pay us.”
One of the workers, who pleaded anonymity, accused the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Temitope Alonge, of deliberately withholding the fund meant for their salaries.
However, Alonge said that the management was not responsible for the salaries of the cleaners and security men but a private company working for the Federal Government.
He said, “The Federal Government contracted the cleaning and security jobs out to an agency. It is this agency that will pay their salaries, not the UCH management.”
He said that the management would only try and pay the worker one month salary from its Internally Generated Revenue while they wait for the agency to release their 11 months wages.