Doctor intern collapses after 72-hour shift at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital

Florence Uwaeme
Doctor Okorie Ifeanyi Venatus, an intern doctor at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital collapsed after a 72-hour shift as the only house officer in the unit.

According to reports, intern doctors all over Nigeria have not been paid their salaries from December till date.

An aggrieved intern on Twitter took to his handle to reveal the ordeal intern doctors go through while the National Association of resident doctors of Nigeria feign oblivious of their suffering even while making the interns pay outrageous dues without standing-up for them when need be.

“When House Officers Salary are paid, NARD is the first to take dues from the source even before the salaries can breathe. If you can’t fight for the Salaries because House Officers are members of your association.”

He blamed the National Association of Resident doctors (NARD) for neglecting the interns even at their lowest state.

He wrote, “NARD should learn to treat House Officers as their legal members, prioritize their affairs the way they prioritize the affairs of other senior Doctors or give them autonomy and stop collecting their dues. If you can’t fight for them, stop stealing from them”.