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August 15, 2018

Lassa fever kills doctor, another in Umuahia On April 3

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  A female doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State has reportedly died from Lassa fever alongside a baby. The death of the doctor at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State was confirmed by the Chief Medical Director of FMC, Umuahia, Dr Abali Chukwu, but he could not say if she contracted the fever at FMC or a private hospital. The deceased doctor, a female, was just less than two months old in the hospital, having been engaged last February. It was learned that her husband also works in the hospital. Chukwu said that all the persons, who…

FMC Owerri boils again … As workers protest pay-cut, patients welfare

    Agitating workers of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri took to the streets Monday 20th November 2017, with placards, protesting  arbitrary pay cut, nonpayment of promotion arrears and unavailability of basic working materials at various units and departments of the hospital. Addressing the members of the Joint Health Sector Union of Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Comrade Clifford Ezeugwu, Chairman of National Union of Allied Health Professionals, observed with bitterness that the management of the centre under Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, the Acting Medical Director, has failed to address the teething problems militating against the centre, staff and patients. According to…

Keke driver murdered at Owerri Industrial Layout

A young and struggling Keke driver is the latest victim of armed robbery and brutal murder on the bad, lonely and neglected Owerri Industrial layout road. Okwo Monday Emmanuel, 24, was returning home at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th, when he was attacked and killed on the “death trap,” a few metres away from his residence. His murderers shot and left him in a pool of blood, carting away his Keke, fleet number 33004. When contacted, neighbours expressed shock at gruesome murder of Emmanuel who hails from Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State. “At about 10:30…

FMC: Embattled Medical Director sues for peace – As Health workers continue protest

Activities were paralyzed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, as health workers drawn from South East and South South Geo-political zones joined members of Nigeria Labour Congress in solidarity with members of Joint Health Sector Union FMC chapter, who took to the street protesting the recall of their Medical Director Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem. The agitating workers who wore black attires and displayed placards with different inscriptions condemning the recall of the Medical Director who had been on compulsory leave for over a year as a result of alleged high handedness financial profligacy and introduction of Private Public Partnership (PPP)…

Crisis rocks FMC Owerri again …As Ministry of Health re-instates Dr Uwakwem

Pandemonium broke out at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri on Wednesday October 19, as overzealous security operatives fired canisters of teargas to disperse agitating members of Joint Health Sector Union who were protesting the recall of Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem as the substantive Chief Medical Director of the health facility. Dr. Mrs. Uwakwem aided by the scores of security personnel who include members of anti-riot police, squad stormed the health facility and broke into her former office. The embattled Medical Director who had been on compulsory leave for over one year had apparently been given a clean slate and cleared…

Cultural festival turns bloody in Ehime-Mbano

The 2016 edition of Ibo Uzo festival in Umuezeala, Ehime-Mbano L.G.A of Imo State has led to the death of a 58 year old man, Mr. Eugene Njoku, native of Umuihim Oki in Umualumaku/Umuihim Autonomous Community. Trouble stated when a section of the community in Ezeala-Ezike Autonomous Community who were aggrieved that their preferred choice of traditional ruler was not crowned as the Royal Father of the community, decided to celebrate their own version of the festival in defiance of the day chosen by the duly constituted traditional authority. On the ill feted day, the exuberant youths threw caution to…

FMC workers vow to resist recall of Medical Director

…Pleads for substantive management team Workers of Federal Medical Centre Owerri under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) embarked on a one- day protest on Monday 25th July 2016 against purported recall of their suspended medical Director Dr. (Mrs.) Angela Uwakwem. The agitating workers who include members of Medical and Health Workers (MHWUN), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and National Union of Allied Health Professionals warned that the existing industrial harmony, peace and tranquility will be truncated in the event of recall of their embattled Medical Director. According to the leaders of the industrial unions in…

Cultists storm medical centre, kill 2 brothers

Suspected cultists have shot two brothers dead at the gate of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, while another 32-year-old man was killed in his house in Ogaminana, near Okene in Kogi State by suspected gun­men. The AUTHORITY learnt that one of the slain bothers, Ogu Achem, also known as Ogwu-Araka and his brother, whose name could not be im­mediately ascertained, came to visit their sick mother at the hospital when they were killed. An eyewitness said the vic­tims were leaving the hospital at about 8.30pm on July 13, when their car was blocked by another whose occupants thereby…

To Restore Peace at FMC our objective – IMC

The Interim Medical Director Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Prof. Ndubuisi Eke, has opened up on the aim and objectives of the Interim Management Committee set up by the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Health to look into the problems that have lingered so long in the hospital, with the aim of finding a lasting solution to it. He said that the aim of the Committee is to restore peace and equity in the hospital, which they have achieved. Prof. Eke stated this while briefing journalists at the hospital on Monday last week. He disclosed that the Committee was…

FMC workers protest plan to recall Medical Director

The leaders and members of Joint Health Sector Unions of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri embarked on a one-day protest on Monday 16th May, 2016 against the purported plans by the Federal Ministry of Health to reinstate the suspended Medical Director, Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem. The protesting workers displayed placards with different inscriptions decrying the plans of the Federal Ministry of Health to recall the embattled Director on 24th May, 2016. In a release made available to The Leader and endorsed by the Chairmen and Secretaries of the various workers unions alleged that the staff of the medical centre were bullied,…

World Cancer Day: Doctors speak out

World Cancer Day at Owerri Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Thursday February 4, 2016 attracted a large audience at the FMC Multi Purpose Hall where Doctors of Nigeria Cancer Society, educated them on different kinds of cancer, their precautions, signs and preventive measures. The audience included nurses, hospital workers, cancer patients, the religious, civil servants, retirees and cancer survivals. Some of the medical personnel included the Chairman Nigeria Cancer Society, Dr. Egejuru Raphael, Dr. Anyaeze Chineme, Dr. Mrs. Emily Nzeribe, Dr. Okechukwu Duru and the Head of Nursing Services, Dr. Mrs. B.O. Akin-Otiko. In his opening remarks at the talks which…

IMSUTH Suspends work over unpaid allowances

Workers of Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), Orlu on Monday February 1, 2016 embarked on a three-day suspension of work as a result of two mouths salaries and 15 months allowances owed them by the state government. When THE LEADER visited the hospital, some offices such as the Administrative block, the Information Unit and others were locked and workers were seen loitering within the hospital premises, while majority of them gathered in front of the main gate beating drums and chanting solidarity songs. One of the staff told THE LEADER that the suspension of work began on Monday as…

A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY MEDICAL AND HEALTH WORKERS’ UNION OF NIGERIA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES AND NIGERIAN UNION OF ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER, 2015 AT AYUBA WABBA HOUSE, DURUMI, GARKI – ABUJA

  We are here today to re-emphasize our position on the dangers of allowing Dr. Uwakwem to resume back to FMC Owerri, in spite of the various glaring act of misconduct against her especially as highlighted in our minority report where we departed from the majority report and our letter to the Head of Service dated 29th September, 2015 requesting that the affairs of the committee be re-directed in the interest of the public service. In a report hurriedly written without our input and in desperation to ensure that the matter is swept under the carpet before the resumption of…

The Man Dies In Him Who Keeps Silence In The Face Of Tyranny: The Imo Case

An Igbo adage posits that it is only when Elders are not at home that a she-goat gives birth in its tethers.  Another Igbo adage supports this by stating that death is the portion of elders when they refuse to speak up against evil and that the same consequence awaits the young if they refuse to accept the admonitions of Elders.  That is why the Igbos also pray that Elders should live long to guide the young against eating the Beatle in place of the Cricket. The above truisms seem to be lost to both the old and young in…

Kidnappers abduct 16, lay siege to Redemption Estate Obinze

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

  No fewer than 16 persons, resident at the Redemption Housing Estate, Obinze in the Owerri-West LGA of Imo State, have been kidnapped by unknown persons in the past 28 months. Reports reaching us show that from February 2013 to June 2015, a total of 16 persons were kidnapped and released after a period of one week, most probably after ransome had been paid. It would be recalled that on June 13 this year, a police officer was shot and killed by hoodlums at about 8.30 pm while on guard in the premises of a female resident of the estate….

FMC CRISIS: THE TRUE POSITION

  The lingering crisis of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri has entered its eight straight weeks. For the stated period, the workers of the institution have engaged the management on an endless battle insisting that the medical director of the hospital Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem must be suspended and probed for the hospital to function again. The unredeemable breakdown of industrial harmony resulted from the startling discoveries made by staff bordering on financial misappropriation of an alarming rate. The original intention of the house unions was to ascertain the appropriateness or otherwise of the public private partnership embarked upon by…

FMC Owerri House Unions disagree with Medical Director

  Striking workers of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri have reacted to the interview with the Medical Director, Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem, as published in The Leader of Sunday June 21, 2015. The three unions of the Federal Medical Centre which include, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAP), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNW), were critical about her views concerning every aspect of her story which tried to portray her innocence and gain public sympathy. The Unions claimed that the Public Private Partnership she re-invokes as the major…

FMC Owerri Crises: My story – Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem

  -Debunks allegations of financial recklessness -Appeals to workers to call off strike Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem,   Director, Federal Medical Centre Owerri has made a passionate appeal to the striking workers of the Federal Institution to call off their two-month strike action in the overall interest of Imolites and generality of patients whose lives are at stake as a result of the lingering strike. She made the appeal during an exclusive interview with THE LEADER in Owerri on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  According to her, the genesis of the current imbroglio relates to misinformation generated from within about the proposed…

No more olive branch for striking doctors – FMC Medical Director warns

The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, Dr. Angela C. Uwakwem has told the striking resident doctors of the hospital to consider the plight of patients and resume work without further delay.  She said FMC had offered the striking doctors “enough olive branch” and there is none left at the moment to offer as all the issues they were agitating for had been discussed and resolved. Resident doctors are registered medical practitioners undergoing further training in special medical areas. Addressing the press in her office penultimate Friday, Dr. Uwakwem said though their strike does not adversely affect…

Auto crash: Why Okorocha was not treated in Government hospital

Insecurity and protracted labour dispute between the State Government and staff of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), were reasons why Governor Rochas Okorocha was not taken to the hospital for treatments when he was involved in an auto crash recently. Okorocha’s vehicle had head-on collision with another vehicle belonging to one Osita Nnawuihe on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Umuoma, Orlu, while driving himself without the usual outriders and government house ambulance. Daily Sun learnt that the governor was rushed to St. Mary’s Children and Community Hospital, Umuowa where he received first aid, while Nnawuihe was taken to…