A coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, has given the Medical Director, MD, of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Prof Monday Igwe, 72 hours to reopen the Hospital’s School of Nursing.
The coalition, led by Comrade Onyebuchi Igboke, who led a number of citizens on a protest on Wednesday, said they were not happy with the closure of the school.
He said the closure was jeopardising the future of the affected students, calling on the Minister of Health, Prof. Ali Pate to intervene in the crisis rocking the hospital.
“We are here today to call on the new Minister of Health to beam his searchlight on the MD, Prof. Igwe,” he said.
The protesters displayed placards with several inscriptions, such as “Monday Igwe must step aside for investigation; Monday Igwe, we are tired of you; Prof. Ali Pate, save us from Igwe; Monday Igwe, obey court order; Monday Igwe, stop turning the institution into a family business.”
But reacting to the protest, Prof Igwe said that he was not aware of any demonstration against him.
“I am not aware of any protest or demonstration at the hospital. I inquired and they told me that there was no protest. Maybe it was an arranged something,” he said.
On the closure of the School of Nursing, Igwe explained that the school was not closed but that the Medical Council withdrew its accreditation.
“The School is not closed. Go there and see if the school is closed. What happened is that the accreditation was withdrawn by the Council and I am doing everything possible to ensure that the accreditation is restored.
“There is a difference between withdrawal of accreditation and closure of the school,” he explained.