FMC, Lokoja Health Workers Embarkation On Indefinite Strike

NMA Condemns Attack



From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja


Irked by the Wednesday’s attack on the facility of the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja by hoodlums, Health workers of the institute have embarked on an indefinite strike to showcase their anger over the sad incident.

The Joint Action Congress, JAC, said that the Congress took the strike option to register their greviances following the hoodlums attacks

Hoodlums numbering over 20 stormed the premises of the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja in the early hours of Wednesday destroying the administrative block and carted away files and computers relating to Covid-19 patients.

The statement signed by Dr Adeyemi William, Chairman Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria,MDCAN,Dr Nana Agwu, President Association of E Doctors, ARD,Comrade Obajemu Samuel, JOHESU Chairman and Secretary, John Omoche stated that it has resolved to totally withdraw it’s services across board till further notice.

The body noted that “the decision was premised on the attack to our lives and properties by unknown hoodlums when some equipment like infrared thermometers, laptops, ATM cards, car and motorcycles which are vital in providing care worker were carted away including vandalisation of our administrative block .”

According to them,”not that until there is guarantee of the security of lives and properties, adequate provision of personal protective equipment PPE,and the identification of covid-19 status of A&E staff that went on self-isolation, expansion and provision of testing facilities, PCR machine while the number of patients to be attended to by clinic should be maximum of 20 while patients on appointments should be stratified into two sections to reduce crowd and canopies provided we may not resume duties.”

Meanwhile the Nigerian Medical Association ( NMA) Kogi chapter, has condemned in absolute terms the incident of hoodlums attack on Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja on Wednesday.

A statement jointly signed by the State’s Chairman and Secretary of NMA, Dr Zubair Kabiru and Dr Okungbowa Osaretin, respectively, described the attack on FMC Lokoja’s premises, as ”uncivilized and uncalled for”.

According to the statement, report has reached NMA Kogi chapter, about the ugly incidence that took place on Wednesday at the premises of the FMC Lokoja, where some suspected hoodlums stormed the hospital’s premises, vandalised offices and carted away some personal and hospital’s valuables.

”The hospital is where lives are saved; it is uncivilized for it to be attacked for whatsoever reason.

”The staff of the hospital had planned to have a peaceful protest over their safety in the hospital as a result of the ongoing global pandemic of Covid-19 in the state.

”However, before the protest could start, some unknown hoodlums stormed the hospital premises and disrupted the planned peaceful protest.

”This action has led to the total shutdown of the only functional tertiary healthcare facility in the state.

”NMA Kogi state, believes that the action of these hoodlums is totally uncalled for and condemns it in absolute terms,” the statement said.

The association, therefore, called on the State and Federal Governments to bring the perpetrators to book, while ensuring adequate security for the healthcare workers in the state.