ASUU, UPTH, trade words over lecturer’s death
The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has debunked reports of negligence in handling the health challenge of a senior Lecturer in the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. David Edem-Effiong.
The reaction of the management of UPTH is coming after a protest by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, who stormed the hospital to protest the death of their colleague.
Spokesman of UPTH, Kem Elebiga said the hospital tried to manage the health of the deceased lecturer whose health was at a deteriorating condition.
Elebiga said UPTH as a secondary health institution would not deliberately neglect any patient, adding members of staff and the management were professionals.
“What happened was an unfortunate incident because it involves the loss of life. The claim of ASUU that we did not carry out our responsibility professionally is untrue. We regret the incident but we did our best.
“Dr. Effiong was brought into UPTH unconscious but we tried to rescusitate him. His blood pressure was abnormal and his blood sugar was at an alarming rate of over 24%. His temperature was also high. We struggled to find his pulse.
“He was brought in at 3:30am on the 29th of December last year and in the situation in which he brought in, a lot of things had been damaged.
“The records are there to confirm what we are saying. If we neglected the lecturer we won’t have records to show.”
Meanwhile, Chairman of ASUU in UNIPORT, Austen Sado during their protest said their findings showed that their member passed on due to negligence on the part of the doctors.
He said the Union would write to all regulatory bodies in the Health sector to ensure that those involved were punished.
Until his death, late Dr. Edem-Effiong was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Sciences in UNIPORT.