November 2, 2011

FMC, Umuahia, CMD shot

By  Anayo Okoli
Umuahia— Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State, Dr. Chuku Abali, was shot, Monday evening, in his compound located in the premises of the hospital by unknown persons.

He was said to have been shot below the abdomen and on left arm, and is currently on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Vanguard learnt that the Senior Staff Association of the hospital has requested that Abali be flown abroad for better medical attention.

Abali was said to have finished a meeting with a 3-man delegation from the Federal Ministry of Health, dispatched by the Health Minister to resolve the crisis between the hospital management and medical laboratory scientists who had been on strike over a dispute with the hospital.

The meeting was said to have risen to resume today before the ugly incident occurred.

The CMD was said to have opened his car in his compound after being driven in and was trying to bring some documents from his file when he was shot at about 7.30 pm.

Abia State Police Commissioner, Bala Hassan, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.

Hassan said  he had visited the CMD and that his condition was stable, adding that the police had commenced full scale investigation into the matter.

The incident drew the rage of the entire hospital staff, who held various solidarity rallies yesterday in the hospital, with the resident doctors saying they would down tools for 24 hours in protest against the incident.

Activities in the hospital were temporarily grounded as the entire staff embarked in different solidarity rallies.

The resident doctors also called for security to be beefed up in the hospital, saying  it was no longer safe for them to work under such a condition if the CMD could just be shot inside his compound.

The senior staff association, in a resolution by the executive committee, condemned the attack and  asked that the CMD be flown abroad for treatment.