COVID-19: Kogi FMC doctors down tools after gunmen wreck havoc

COVID-19: Kogi FMC doctors down tools after gunmen wreck havoc

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Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State, have embarked on an indefinite strike, hours after armed men wrecked havoc on the faculty, Wednesday morning.

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Their doctors who took the resolution at an meeting on Wednesday, said their lives were being threatened because of the state’s “poor” management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They said they are “totally withdrawing services across board”, pending when their grievances are met.

A Communique announcing the strike was signed by seven health workers’ associations.

The heads of the association met hours after gunmen broke into the hospital, attacking doctors and other health workers.

Nnana Agwu, chairman, Association of Resident Doctors (NARD); Samuel Obajemu, chairman, Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU); Abdulmalik Idris, chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and John Omoche, chairman, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) are among those who signed the document.

Other conditions they gave before returning to work include: validation of COVID-19 status of some staff of the hospital that have been in isolation, provision of COVID-19 testing facilities (PCR machines) and maximum of 20 patients being attended to daily.

In a similar vein, the Kogi State police Command says it has launched a manhunt for the gunmen that attacked the hospital.

Ede Ayuba, the State Commissioner of police, who gave the order when he visited the facility, said the perpetrators will not go unpunished.

He assured the health workers and staff of the hospital of the readiness of the police to guarantee the safety of their lives and property.

The union leaders condemned the attack by suspected hoodlums, saying some equipment such as infrared thermometers, laptops, ATM cards, car keys and two motorcycles, “which are vital in providing care,” were carted away.

They said they may not resume duty until there is adequate security of lives and properties.

Similarly, Peoples Democratic party, PDP has condemned the attack on the Centre and expressed shock over the incident, adding that such an attack on a medical facility cannot be justified under any guise, whatsoever.

It is however revealing that the gunmen shot their way into the Medical Center at the time the staffers were getting ready for a press conference on issues related to the State’s COVID -19 status; invaded the record and administrative department where they destroyed sensitive documents and carted away computers, in addition to ransacking the office of the Chief Medical Director.

“It is instructive to state that the target and mode of the attack strongly expose a desperate mission to destroy gathered information, suppress statistics and completely disrupt COVID-19 management effort in State.

The PDP recalled that it had on Monday raised alarm over the hostile attitude of the Kogi State government towards the COVID-19 intervention in the State, which is resulting in fear of unreported cases and alleged “silent deaths” in the state.

The party lamented the situation in Kogi state and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Yahaya Bello to order, particularly over his needless confrontation with the managers of COVID-19 issues in the State.

The party lamented the situation in Kogi State and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Yahaya Bello to order, particularly over his needless confrontation with the managers of COVID-19 issues in the State.

The PDP also called on the security agencies to immediately commence a high level investigation into the attack on the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja and ensure that the gunmen and their sponsors are made to face the wrath of the law.

Recall that Nigerians are invited to note that the attack came just a day after Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, declared COVID-19 an artificial creation, orchestrated to shorten the lifespan of the people.

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