The deteriorating quality of health services being offered to residents in Akwa Ibom state has of recent continued to attract concerns from Governor Udom Emmanuel and the general public.
Nigerian Pilot reports that the governor’s concerns could not be far from the increasing public criticisms and outcry over services of secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state.
It was learnt that, many indigenes especially those whose relatives have died in the hands of health personnel in the different hospitals in the state in Uyo have attributed the death of such relatives to carelessness and poor quality of attention given to the deceased.
Even in the only tertiary health institution in the area, the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, located in Uyo the situation has been that of despair from patients as poor services from staff of the hospital have remained legendary.
Matters came to boiling point recently when a senior nursing staff of the hospital died due to what her relatives described as poor attention from the hospital staff. The relatives who threatened court action against the hospital however backed down from their threats after pleas from well meaning indigenes of the area.
The lackadaisical attitude of health personnel to patients in the area may not be unconnected with deliberate attempts by them to run down the hospitals in order to force patients to patronise their private health clinics.
Some patients told Nigerian Pilot in an interview that some of the doctors most times would advise them to patronise their private clinics for better attention and treatment.
It was further gathered that such complaints got to the ears of the Governor, following which he did not mince words in warning medical practitioners to double their efforts to save the reputation of medical practice and the integrity of some tertiary health institutions in the area.
At a church service last week in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel disclosed that his office had been inundated with complaints of poor services provided by some medical personnel in health institutions in the state. He frowned at the situation where medical doctors hurriedly carry out surgery on patients without proper diagnosis, stressing that such patients usually leave the patients with permanent injury even as others do not survive to tell the tale of the outcome of such surgeries.
“Please, if you are sick or somebody that you know is sick; don’t patronize a doctor with doubtful experience. A lot of deaths could have been avoided if the personnel were painstaking in their diagnosis.
“The situation is that, once a Doctor sees a patient, he rushes to administer treatment without adequate information on the ailment. I don’t like people patronizing quacks; I value the life of every Akwa Ibom citizen,” he had said.
Similarly, while playing host to the management of University of Uyo recently in his office, the Governor urged the authorities of UUTH to work towards restoring the confidence of patients and clients, following growing public complaints of its services in recent times.

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