…Says death a big loss to health sector

By Chioma Obinna

LAGOS—THE Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Lagos, yesterday decried the killing of Dr Stephen Urueye by suspected hoodlums, calling for a total review of security around the hospital and the medical college.

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Urueye, a University of Lagos trained medical doctor, was stabbed to death by suspected hoodlums 24 hours after his convocation, last Friday.

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In a telephone chat with Vanguard, the Lagos NMA Chairman, Dr Saliu Oseni said while the body of doctors is still in shock over the death of the young doctor, the Police and the hospital management including the College of Medicine authorities should immediately tackle the age long insecurity around the area.

Oseni, who wondered why a hospital environment should be unsafe, said: “The government needs to do more about insecurity in the area because there have been some cases of insecurity around that area for long now which we feel that the hospital authority and the Police Command in the area should have taken care of before now.

“It is not good enough that a surrounding of an hospital is not safe because both the staff and the patients are not safe. We probably prefer that there should be a police patrol around there.

“Above all, hospital authorities should review the security around that area and ensure that the hospital is safe for patients and relatives including staff.”

Oseni, who said the NMA is still in shock over the death of the medical doctor, pointed out that there have been several records of theft even within the school hostels and the hospital.

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He said: “Occasionally, some patients have complained about attacks by hoodlums around that area. It is important that the lives of health providers and patients are safe and we think that the government and police force should wake up and make the area safe for all.   “For our member that was killed, it is a big loss to the country and body of doctors particularly around this time we have shortage of medical doctors. It is so painful that someone will go through the rigour of medical training and lose his life a day after convocation.

“Lagos NMA is still in shock following his death last Thursday after his convocation.”

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