Union says they are not on strike

These are not the best of times at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, as nurses there have stopped providing professional services to protest assault on three colleagues beaten by a dead patient’s relatives.

Those beaten up while on duty , are presently on admission at the hospital.

The nurses, the relatives claim, were responsible for the death of the patient, said to be a COVID 19 patient.

The nurses staged a protest around the hospital premises over the beating of their colleagues.

They were led by their union executives and vowed not to return to work until adequate security is provided for them.

Speaking with newsmen,  Chairman of the Nurses, Francis Ajibola, said , “We are just trying to condemn the barbaric attitude of some patients relatives to our members. A patient was brought to the hospital two days ago and critically ill and suspected of COVID 19 with severe respiratory distress.

The patient was brought too late but the nurses and doctors tried all they could do to place the patient on oxygen but at around 4 am on Sunday, the patient gave up because the situation was worst and had affected the respiratory system “.

” You know how COVID 19 works, especially with patients with underlying ailment, so the patient died and the children of the patient said that the patient should not die. We felt for them too, we care for life but we cannot give life, we only care but they refused to understand that. They took to violence, brutalising nurses, dragging nurses on the ground, pull off their hair, fractured their bones, marching on them “.

” This is very embarrassing and nobody will ever support that kind of barbaric attitude. That’s why we are just making the solemn demand, we are not fighting the management but to appeal to them to provide adequate security for our members so that people can come back to work. We are not on strike we just withdraw the services of our members until security is provided and that the persons that perpetrated the act should be brought to book and prosecuted in order to serve as deterrent to others. That’s just our simple demand “.

The Chairman noted further, “Some of the injured nurses are on admission and in pains now, with injury all over their bodies. So we want the management to provide security for us and punish the offenders. That’s just the simple things we are demanding

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Liasu Ahmed, confirmed the sad development but added that the hospital has not been shut down contrary to the news making the rounds.

He disclosed that an investigation has been launched into the attack on the nurses.

“It is true that some of our nurses were attacked by the relatives of some patients. We are currently investigating the matter “.

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