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Osun: Doctors, nurses assaulted by relatives of dead patient resume duties  

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
02 August 2022   |   2:38 am
The management of the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, yesterday, said their staff, who stopped rendering services in protest against attacks on them by aggrieved relatives of a dead patient

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The management of the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, yesterday, said their staff, who stopped rendering services in protest against attacks on them by aggrieved relatives of a dead patient have resumed full duties.

  
Some hoodlums and relatives of a patient, who died after being brought into the Accident & Emergency Section of the hospital last Thursday alongside others, had assaulted some doctors and nurses on duty and disrupted activities within the medical institution.
  
The hoodlums, who allegedly brought guns and other dangerous weapons into the hospital, started shooting and beating doctors, nurses and other health workers over the patient’s death.
   
Following the attack, members of the Association of Resident Doctors, Osun State University Teaching Hospital chapter, after an emergency meeting, declared a three-day warning strike to protest the assault and charged the hospital management to beef up security within and around the hospital.
   
The association described the working environment around the hospital as porous and life-threatening, adding that their members had been attacked in the past by hoodlums and aggrieved relatives of patients.
  
The medical practitioners, in a statement issued after the meeting, and signed by the President of the association, Dr Solomon Ilori and Secretary, Dr Felix Olaomi, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo, withdrew all forms of clinical activities in the hospital to protest the development.
 
The doctors also demanded an immediate provision of armoured tanks, trained security officers, and security posts at both entrances of the hospital among other demands before they could resume duties.
  
But, the Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of the hospital, Mrs. Christy Oyewole, told The Guardian, yesterday, that normalcy had returned to the hospital and that the striking doctors had resumed duties.
  
“The hospital has managed the crisis adequately and arrangements for security and safety of staff, patients and relations have been made. We have also put in place measures to prevent future occurrences and so, for now, there is no problem again. Our doctors are back to work, and the hospital is running well.
 
“There was an attack by hoodlums last Thursday based on a dead patient. I think they had issues and there were gunshots and they brought their casualties to the A&E department of the hospital.         

So, when they lost one of the casualties, they started attacking the staff of the A&E, the doctors, the nurses and the department. We put in our best as a tertiary hospital and all protocols of treatment were observed before the person died. It wasn’t due to negligence. The thugs started shooting and beating our doctors and nurses,” she said.

 

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