On Sunday, about 10 suspected armed robbers allegedly ambushed the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) and stole three newly-born babies including properties worth thousands of naira.
According to DAILY POST, the incidence took place at the paediatric unit of the hospital, where nurses, pregnant women, nursing mothers were beaten. One of the nursing mothers, Mrs Helen Eteng, said the operation lasted for about twenty minutes, and that they were forced to lie down and close their eyes.
The robbers were said to have invaded the hospital without wearing masks. Meanwhile, a number of babies have been reportedly stolen in the same incident and hospital, where there is little to no security.
“The robbers, who brandished their guns, had free access into the maternity section without any resistance and immediately began to go from one bed to bed picking babies. The security in this hospital has been very porous. Lives of patients, nurses and doctors are at risk. There is nowhere in this hospital that is safe. Visitors are no longer been controlled, people troop into the wards without check. Many visitors including thieves come into hospital in the name of being patients’ relatives,” one of the nurses said.
According to her, all the security firms and regular policemen have withdrawn their services over non-payment of salaries by the management of the institution. She also explained that even hospital properties, including diesel and generator parts are stolen regularly by the workers and armed robbers.
The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr Madaki said the incidence has not yet been reported to the police.
During a briefing with journalist, Thomas Agan, the chief medical director of the hospital, said this;
“I want to tell the world and indeed everybody that the report of stolen babies in UCTH is a blatant lie aimed at disparaging this hospital and its management.
“The truth is that it did not happen and it would not happen. It is also true that there are some security challenges nationwide, it does not mean there was armed robbery attack on babies in UCTH.
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