Apparently afraid of coronavirus health workers at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital which is the leading tertiary health facility in the state are staying away from work without official authorization.

The situation became more obvious after five confirmed cases of coronavirus in Akwa Ibom were confirmed to be mostly healthcare professionals.

Some health workers avaoiding duty call at the UUTH are claiming that they had contact with the confirmed cases in the state and therefore cannot report to duty, in keeping with best practice, but the management are sensing foul play.

The hospital management issued an internal memo on Friday signed by the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC, Dr. Emmanuel Abudu, on behalf of the hospital’s chief medical director, to all heads of departments in the hospital expressing concern about the development.

The management memo claims that it is the duty of the hospital authorities to protect the hospital staff and ensure their safety, but that workers with genuine claim of having had contact with infected persons must submit themselves for “evaluation” at the UUTH. The outcome of the evaluation would determine the next action to be taken by the hospital management, the memo said.

“By these directives, the Heads of Departments/Units must ensure compliance and inform erring staff to report to work as management will not hesitate to take stringent action upon failure to comply,” the memo said.

The Akwa Ibom State commissioner for Health Dr. Dominic Ukpong who has been on the news for refuting clinical test results of the confirmed cases is yet to make an official statement on the development.