LAGOS—The management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has described as “unfounded and untrue” report of a N30,000 levy imposed on its nurses for the purchase of gifts for two retiring senior nursing officers.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor David Oke, said: “The management does not in any way and at any time encourage such as the report foretold and expects the reporter to have been objective in his report by finding out her position or the nurses association’s before publishing.
“As much as associations perform their activities with no supervision or control of any form from the management, the system does not support, encourage or promote contribution of funds by staff for any form of gift or assistance to retiring staff.”
He said Lagos State Government, and LASUTH by extension, have structures and standard appreciation process, put together for every cadre of retiring staff, to reward them for service rendered to the hospital.
Also reacting, the Chairman, National Associa-tion of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, LASUTH chapter, Mr. O. J. Olanla, said the report did not in any way represent the truth.
According to him, “two deserving Assistant Directors of Nursing Services are retiring in May and October and an existing welfare committee of LASUTH NANNM was saddled with planning of a befitting send off for the two retiring senior nurses, as is our existing culture to celebrate our outgoing nurses which has been in practice for years.
“At the general meeting of LASUTH nurses held on January 11, nurses present suggested series of gifts. The committee members are still working on the modalities of the send off.”
Distancing the association from the report, Olanla said: “The executive members are still waiting for the outcome of the committee deliberations.”