Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Assault: FCTA to beef up security in public hospitals

The FCT administration has promised to beef up securities around public hospitals to avert the frequent assault and threat to health practitioners practising in the territory.

According to the Minister of state for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, the administration will install Close-Circuit Television, CCTV, to monitor activities of criminals and those who want to perpetrate crime against health workers.

Aliyu made the commitment when members of Nigerian Medical Association, Abuja branch, protested the mob attack on a female medical doctor at the Maitama District Hospital Abuja by relatives of a patient who passed on while under the care of the hospital.

The minister, who described such assault as attitude of lawlessness of citizens, also vowed that such act is not acceptable in all public health institutions in the nation's capital.

“We will provide first grade security to all health workers in the territory because your service is for humanity. We appreciate your patience, we appreciate your understanding and the fact that you didn't take the law into your hands.

“For violence against medical or health workers; male or female is not even acceptable in the Federal Capital Territory or anywhere else in Nigeria. This particularly might not be an issue only for the Federal Capital Territory, you could be posted to anywhere as a practicing professional.

“It is the attitude or a culture of lawless of citizens, it's unheard of. But I want to appeal to you all that we feel your pains, we understand your fears and you will be protected. And I want you to know that you will receive the first grade protection and security you need in every hospital in the FCT," she assured.

Earlier, the chairman of Nigerian Medical Association Abuja branch, Dr. Philips Ekpe, condemned in strong terms the recurrent and frequent abuse, assault, molestation and threat to the life of doctors and other health workers in the FCT hospitals by patients and relatives.

Ekpe assured members that the leadership of NMA will use whatsoever means within their disposal to support and defend health workers until justice is served to assaulted members.

Meanwhile, the Association of Resident Doctors in the FCT has heeded the appeal by the minister to call off their strike protesting the attack on its female member at Maitama hospital.

Though the association was yet to officially call off the industrial action at the time of filing this report, the doctors have however resumed emergency services following the minister’s appeal to protesting members.

Briefing the minister on the outcome of an emergency meeting, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, FCT branch, Dr. Roland Aigbovo, said the group has decided to resume emergency services in all public hospitals across the territory as a demonstration of commitment to duty and as a mark of respect to FCT Administration.

He assured the minister that full clinical services will be resumed after the outcome of congress slated for Friday 17, January 2020, while thanking the minister for her prompt response to the cry of members.



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