By Dennis Agbo
The Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu, FNHE, Prof. Monday Igwe has disclosed that the activities of some disgruntled staff of the hospital have continued to cause clogs in the wheels of the health institution.
Igwe said such staff engage in distractions with faceless, baseless, unverifiable and fictitious publications to cause disaffection to the hospital, thereby ridiculing the image of one of the best psychiatric hospitals in Nigeria.
Marking his third year in office, on Wednesday, the Medical Director revealed that some of the disgruntled staff recently employed the divisiveness to oppose due process mechanism in the institution, regretting that those staff were beneficiaries to the old chaotic situation that characterized the previous administration of the institution.
“Recently, there were several online and social media publications that made negative remarks about Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu, but under my administration, staff welfare is paramount and due process is strictly observed.
Decisions are also taken based on public service rules. Any staff that has issues or complaints is advised to route such through the stipulated channels and not by social media,” Igwe advised.
He listed infrastructure challenges such as lack of pipe borne water supply and high electricity tariff as parts of the challenges being faced by the institution, noting however, that under his administration, the hospital has made landmark achievements.
“Within these three years, the story of a once crisis-ridden and dilapidated institution has changed for good. The improvements in infrastructural development, personnel and services in mental health to people of southeast Nigeria have reached unprecedented levels; the significant positive changes in many areas of service delivery, staff and infrastructural developments.
“The hospital presently has 22 Consultant doctors as against 7 by the time this administration came on board and offers 24 hour emergency psychiatric services with established clinical services in Psychiatric Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational therapy, Social work and Clinical psychology.”
Igwe recalled that prior to his appointment as Medical Director, the hospital was in serious crisis with the organized labour at loggerheads with Management and the hospital staff belonged to multiple camps with much litigation.
“The crisis culminated in the suspension of the outgoing Medical Director before the end of his tenure and appointment of an Acting Medical Director. There was also an alleged assassination of the Head of Nursing Services by some staff who have been discharged and acquitted for this by a competent court. At present, peace has fully returned to the hospital.
“There is a good and cordial working relationship between Management and Labour. No staff is denied of his/her legitimate entitlements. We have paid all arrears of salaries inherited from previous administration including salary shortfall in 2017, promotion arrears up till 2022 promotion year, uniform arrears for Nurses and many other withheld salaries that did not follow due process before being implemented,” Igwe stated.
Corroborating the Medical Director, the Chairman, Joint Health Sector Union, JHESU, in the hospital, Comrade Friday Odobu said that there has been a lot of infrastructural development in the hospital under Prof Igwe’s administration.
“These are evidence of the peaceful atmosphere in the hospital. The new management team sees the welfare of workers as paramount and anybody that feels that he is being denied his welfare should check if he is bridging due process, but as the workers leaders I call tell you that the workforce is happy with the management under Prof. Igwe. Service delivery to the patients is adequate. Can you imagine that the 2022 promotions have been done and fully implemented in last month’s salary and even the arrears of January to March was paid alongside,” Odobu said.