By Dayo Johnson
Akure—TWO medical doctors and three nurses in one of Ondo State Neuro-Psychiatric Specialist Hospital, Akure, escaped death by whiskers as a patient, Folorunso Olawale, went berserk.
The doctors include the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital, Akinwumi Akinloye; the immediate past CMD, Sunday Sajo, and three nurses.
The development sparked off protest by nurses in the hospital, crippling activities for hours until the Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola, intervened.
Olawale reportedly stabbed one of the nurses, beat up Dr. Akinloye until he fainted and inflicted injuries on Dr. Sajo.
Eyewitness told Vanguard that the two doctors were rescued from the grip of the patient by another patient after other staff members fled the scene.
A murder twist
Vanguard gathered that the patient, about two weeks ago, voluntarily walked to the police station and told the Police detective that he was one of those who murdered the daughter of the state’s former Deputy Governor, Khadijat Oluboyo.
Recall that the fiancée of the deceased, Adeyemi Alao, is standing trial over the murder while a native doctor has been declared wanted.
Police detectives reportedly took the patient, Olawale, in and during interrogation, discovered that he was mentally unbalanced.
He was later taken to the state psychiatric hospital, where he was admitted and put under observation in the last two weeks.
Vanguard gathered that he became aggressive at about 9p.m. on Tuesday, and while nurses were about administering drug injections on him, he went berserk.
… CMD in coma
He reportedly destroyed some facilities at the bay, causing the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Agunloye, to rush to the scene. however, Olawale beat him up until he fainted and was later revived.
Three nurses and the former CMD of the hospital, now a consultant to the hospital, Dr Sajo, were also injured by the patient.
The nurses became angry after the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ikuomola, played down the threat to their lives in the hospital by ordering them to return to work.
Displaying placards with various inscriptions, the nurses continued their protest and vowed not to return to their duty posts until the state government addresses the issue of their welfare and safety.
The nurses, who accused Ikuomola of insensitivity to their plight and other health workers in the hospital, said ordering them back to their various offices will not resolve the crisis.
Union leaders rushed to the hospital, following the tension that gripped the nurses and other hospital workers.
Speaking with newsmen, the leader of state Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, Mr. Opeyemi Oloniyo, frowned at the attitude of Ikuomola, saying the workers would not subscribe to the threat from the Permanent Secretary of the Board.
Oloniyo said: “I want to believe we are not in an animal kingdom. We heard of the attack on some nurses and doctors of this hospital and we came to persuade the workers to go back to work this morning (yesterday).
“But it is unfortunate that the Permanent Secretary just came here and ordered the workers to go back to their work without addressing the issues at hand and said we have no right to address our members.”