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NMA warns against harassment of doctors

UGHELLI — UGHELLI chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, warned the police and members of the public against further undue harassment of medical doctors in the area.

Handing down the warning while reacting to the alleged assault on a female medical doctor at  the Ughelli Central Hospital by over 10 armed police officers of the Ughelli ‘A’ Police Division in the early hours of Monday, chairman of the chapter, Dr. Isaiah Edhuze,  said the surging wave of assault on doctors in the chapter was unbecoming and worrisome.

Edhuze said: “Relatives of a deceased patient, who  brutalised two doctors also in the Ughelli Central Hospital have been dragged to court by the union and the union will not hesitate to take anyone or group to court over assault on doctor,  should the trend continues.”

He said there was a growing apprehension in the hospital, especially among the doctors, nurses and other workers, adding: “workers will not be able to do their jobs under this condition as it ought to be.”

The NMA boss said the trend was becoming worrisome, noting that the union had soft-pedaled on the case of relatives of the deceased patient, who brutalized two doctors owing to the intervention of some traditional rulers in the area.

He disclosed that they had asked relatives of the deceased patient to write a letter of apology to the affected doctors, the NMA and the hospital management and  the union will not rest on their oars in checking the dangerous trend.

Saying that they will take some of the cases to the Ministry of Health,  to tell the people that enough was enough, he added that they will not embark on strike on the issue since it would affect too many people.

“But if that is the only way to create awareness,  we will have no option until the police and the government comes to assure us of our safety in doing our work.”

According to Edhuze, the ugly incidents have been a general trend in both public and private hospitals, adding that  they have been “trying to curtail some of them.”


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