7. ABUTH Doctors Stages Protest over Snake Bites, and Mismanagement.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) chapter, yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration over incursion of snakes and other reptiles in the hospital.
Leading the protest, the President of the union, Dr. Waziri Aliyu, said the protest became necessary in view of the deplorable state of the hospital and non-regard for their welfare, and “The poor environmental sanitation within the hospital and its environs had led to our member being bitten by a poisonous snake at the staircase of the surgical ward. Sad enough, he almost lost his life as he suffered from envenomination as the hospital could not provide anti-snake venom for its doctor on duty for over 36 hours after the snake bite.” Dr. Aliyu said facilities at ABUTH are in deplorable condition, adding that the hospital staff finds it difficult to conduct simple investigation like X-ray, ultrasound or MRI, due to faulty machines.