The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), on Tuesday, condemned the continuous assaults on its doctors by some members of the host community.
The Association in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Michael Olamoyegun, and Secretary, Ayobami Alabi, said its members will be withdrawing their services over an attack on a doctor on duty by a politician.
The MDCAN said it will not end the strike until the politician is arrested and adequate security is provided for its doctors. The association also awaits an apology to the victim and the hospital.
The association called on the governor, legislators, traditional rulers, religious and opinion leaders, to rise up and condemn these recurring barbaric acts.
The MDCAN called on Governor Makinde and other leaders to prevail on security agents to protect its members from the assaults.
“We have immediately withdrawn our services, until the perpetrators are brought to book and when we can be guaranteed of safety and protection of life.
“Our lives are priceless and worth more than what should be sacrificed by hoodlums,” it said.
Femi Onireti, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday the 26th of September, came to the hospital and started commanding the doctor on duty to place his relative who is on admission at the Accident and Emergency Ward on oxygen and take him to the Intensive Care Unit.
“The politician allegedly demanded that his friend on admission be placed on oxygen and sent to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) whereas his oxygen saturation (level) was optimal,” the association said.
The association added that the politician refused to accept the explanation and verbally assaulted the doctor on duty, threatening to deal with her.
It said the same politician allegedly directed his followers to descend on the second doctor, who had come around to check on another patient, thinking he was filming their benefactor’s unruly action.
The doctor was allegedly pursued, beaten and his two phones were forcefully collected.
“It is on record that this is not the first time such an incident will be happening in our emergency unit, but we always consider the life of our esteemed patients that we care for as essential,” the group said.
The association expressed displeasure at the persistent assault on its members, calling on every member of the host community to publicly condemn the barbaric act.
It also urged them to rescue them from the persistent assaults and prevail on perpetrators to desist from the horrific act.
“We demand the arrest of perpetrators and they should be made to face the full wrath of the law. We demand armed security men to be posted to the hospital for 24 hours, to ensure protection and guarantee safety of staff as well as property”, the association said.
The politician, while reacting to the allegation in a statement issued on his behalf by a media consultant, Busayo Olawoyin, said he did not beat up any doctor nor instructed his aides to do such.