Nurses, Security Men Down Tools Over Assault

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Health workers and security personnel at the Kubwa General Hospital yesterday downed tools, refusing to attend to patients in protest against the shoddy treatment meted out on them by some people.

As a result of the protest, LEADERSHIP gathered that patients who wanted to access health care services were stranded as they could not be attended to by the protesting workers.

Speaking to our correspondent, the medical director of the hospital, Dr. Ahmed Danfulani, disclosed that the protest arose because some men beat up some of his staff the previous night.

Narrating the incident, he said at about 2am yesterday, a group of eight men suspected to be drunk, brought in an accident victim to the hospital.

According to the medical director, the group of men drove to the hospital, in three cars, one of which was marked GX 234 ABC and that when the nurse on duty asked them to buy a card for the patient they had brought in, they did not take it lightly as they were said to have pounced on the nurse and started beating her up.

Not satisfied, he said, they also beat up the security men on duty, who tried to come to the rescue of the embattled nurses.

But Danfulani said that the men were eventually arrested and handed over to the police in Kubwa, even as he observed that this was not the first time the nurses would be subjected to this form of abuse.

Reacting to the incident, the President of the National Association of Nurses in Nigeria, (NANN), Mrs. O. Erigge, condemned the action and called on the police to take concrete action over it.

Our correspondent who went to Kubwa Police station to confirm the arrest of the suspects did not meet the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) but a senior officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the incident.

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