*threaten strike if he fails to resign
By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Coalition of Health Professionals in Akwa Ibom State has threatened to pull their services in the health sector, saying they can no longer work under his leadership of Dr. Dominic Ukpong as Commissioner for Health in the state.
The coalition comprises National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria (AMLSN), and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).
In a statement issued today in Uyo and made available to journalists in the state called on Dr. Dominic Ukpong to immediately resign his appointment as Commissioner for Health in the state.
The group berated Dr. Ukpong leadership style alleging high-handedness, lack of regards to the health professionals and poor inter-personal relationship with Professional bodies in the Sector.
Health Professional bodies in the state after an emergency meeting resolved thus, “We decry the poor inter-personal relationship of the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong with Professional bodies in the Health Sector.
“Reject the attempt by the Commissioner for Health to cause disaffection and bring about disunity among Professionals in the Health Sector. At this point, we historically declare our shared brotherhood with and stand in solidarity with Akwa Ibom State Government and its people on preventing COVID-19.
“We urge the State Government to disregard the Commissioner’s well known resort to his allegation of persecution and declare that nobody is fighting the Government of Akwa Ibom State led by the amiable gentleman, His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel.
We hereby reiterate our complete support to His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
“Consequently, in order to save the health sector, we hereby, jointly, as the Conglomeration of Healthcare Professionals comprising of NMA, PSN, NANNM, and AMLSN pass a vote of no confidence on the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong for his lack of managerial and interpersonal skills, disregard for Professionals and professionalism, high-handedness and divisive tendencies, and outright poor management of COVID-19 preparedness.
“Health Professionals will no longer continue to work with him as we no longer enjoy his leadership of the Ministry of Health.
Ipso facto, we call on Dr. Dominic Ukpong to immediately resign his appointment as Commissioner for Health”, the stated.
They added, “We shall continue to monitor our resolution as in (7) above. Where Dr. Dominic Ukpong decides to do otherwise, we may be forced to pull-out our members from COVID-19 duties while we continue to render other forms of health services. This is especially so as Dr. Dominic Ukpong has successfully convinced us that he is capable of fighting COVID-19 alone.
The resolution was signed by branch chairmen of the various bodies namely Dr. Nsikak Nyoyoko, Chairman – NMA; Comrade Patrick Odu Chairman – NANNM; Emilia Eliezer Chairman – AMLSN and Dr. Akwaowoh Akpabio Chairman, PSN.
New Nigerian in Uyo observed that the attempt by the health commissioner to dialogue with the health bodies in the state met a brick wall earlier today in Uyo as the bodies walked out of the stakeholder meeting called at the instance of the commissioner
It would also be recalled that following the outbreak of COVID-19 globally and within Nigeria, the Conglomeration of Healthcare Professionals in the state met last week and issued a Communiqué containing a public health advisory to the state government on measures to contain the potential outbreak of COVID-19.
The communiqué commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for adopted some measures to contain the outbreak of the disease but condemned the handlers of government business particularly the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh and their media hirelings and Lilliput, over alleged decision to declare a war against the Professionals who would be the first responders in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in s the state.