The Nigerian Medical Association in Ogun state has accused the family members of a patient of attacking a medical doctor at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Disclosing this to newsmen, the chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the NMA, Dr. Kunle Ashimi, in a statement released, said the angry relative descended on the medical worker after losing her family member. She was said to have gone berserk upon hearing that her relative died.
According to Ashimi, the patient died from the injuries she suffered from her attacker following an altercation with loan sharks at her house.
He said that doctors were called by a colleague at the National Health Insurance Scheme desk on Friday, December 16, 2022. He explained that the medical workers had no other medical information but they prepared for eventualities.
“The doctors remained on standby till she arrived at night, as they were said to have had ambulance delays.”
Ashimi said the lady who attacked the doctor was arrested and taken to a nearby police station.
Two medical workers at the hospital had earlier been assaulted by relatives of dead patients. The last assault happened last month, which led to the prosecution of the perpetrators, who were a father and his son.
Recall, in a related news, Doctor killed by patient’s relatives in Delta hospital, NMA reacts.
The Nigerian Medical Association has condemned the gruesome murder of one of its members, Dr Uyi Iluobe, who was said to have been killed by the relatives of his patient at a hospital in Oghara, Delta State.
The NMA also called on the Delta State government and the Inspector-General of Police to bring the perpetrators of the murder to book.[ruby_related heading=”More Read” total=5 layout=1]
The NMA, in a press statement signed by its President, Dr Uche Ojinmah, and made available to our correspondent on Monday urged the National Assembly to criminalise violence against healthcare workers in the country.
“The Nigerian Medical Association received with shock and sadness the news of the murder on December 31st, 2022 of Dr Iluobe by the relatives of his patient at Oghara where his practice was based.
“The above scenario being the response of the patient relatives to the loss of a patient from suspected gunshot injuries can never be justifiable and has taken violence against doctors and other healthcare workers from injuries to murder.
“It is unbelievable that in the face of a debilitating medical brain drain, the few doctors that patriotically decided to stay back and take care of our fellow citizens are being murdered by the same Nigerians.
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