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Following the recent cases of attack by patients’ relatives on medical personnels at the Federal Medical Centre,Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the management has threatened to henceforth take drastic action on any one found culpable .
The Acting Medical Director, Dr. Fidelis Ojeblenu said this during a press conference held at the centre on Tuesday frowning at the continuous attacks on FMC medical personnels and destruction of hospital properties by members of the public.
Ojeblenu warned that the management under his watch will not tolerate the threats and breaches of safety and security of lives and properties of the healthcare team.
It would be recalled that there was a physical attack by a patient’s relatives on one of the medical personnels at the centre on July 6.
The relatives who were infuriated by news of the death of the patient, threw caution into the winds and went straight for the patient’s Doctor ,assaulted and inflicted serious injuries on him before he was rescued by his colleagues.
This however made Doctors and Nurses at Centre to announce the suspension of night duties to protest the alleged incessant physical assault on their colleagues by relatives of some patients.
A notice to that effect was served to the Management by the hospital’s branches of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) and National Association of Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) on Wednesday 7th July 2021 and the action was to last initially for three days.
Corroborating the unions, the Acting MD at the press conference stressed that the centre would do everything possible to ensure that culprits are made to face the consequences of their actions.
“We have overhauled the security architecture of the hospital in readiness to forestall future occurrences. Plain clothed security agents are on ground to apprehend future culprits
“We also use this opportunity to further express our heartfelt concerns and love to the healthcare workers, the nurses and doctors who are the victims of the recent incidents, and indeed all the healthcare team who are wounded and pained. We stand by you in your efforts at rendering essential life-saving services to humanity”, he added
The Acting Medical Director therefore called on the traditional rulers and leaders to join hands in curtailing these dastard acts.
He noted that the centre is committed to caring for the health of the community through efficient services.
He also added that complaint about perceived ill-treatment from medical workers should be channeled to the right lawful avenues, instead of patients and their relatives taking laws into their hands.
“There are lawful avenues for resolution of perceived ill-treatment or complaints by patients and their relatives, without taking laws into their hands” he stressed.