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|Read What JOHESU Did Today. by Ashuale(m): 9:24pm On Jan 26, 2015|
terror because Doctors are Successfully attending
to patients – DR Akerele
In a bizarre act of aggression, members of the
Joint Health STAFF Union (JOHESU) were at the
weekend alleged to have stormed the
premises of Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja, to
unleash terror on
any visible personnel, especially doctors on duty.
They were also said
to have vandalised property.
The President of the Association of Resident
Doctors, Federal Capital
Territory (FCT) chapter, Dr. Isaac Akerele, who
narrated the incident,
said it was an act of “sheer luck for many
doctors who were on duty
to have escaped the onslaught”.
Members of the JOHESU comprising nurses,
scientists, physiotherapists and non-health
workers had since
November, 2014, been on strike in protest against
to meet their demands.
Akerele, however, expressed sadness that a very
senior doctor was
unlucky and she was terribly manhandled.
He said the attackers broke down all the
entrance to the main block
including the laboratory and later shot canister
of tear gas that
triggered severe respiratory distress that
necessitated intensive care
Although the reason for JOHESU action was not
stated, he noted, it
was apparent that they were angered by the fact
that Doctors had
been successfully attending to patients even with
JOHESU on strike.
Akerele described the action of the health
workers as a barbaric,
totally condemnable, unacceptable and a fatal
He said his association was reliably informed that
the group was led
by one Shuaib Onucheyo, a Laboratory Technician
General Hospital, who was believed to belong to
the militant wing of
JOHESU, carrying out this attack on hospitals and
He said: “This group came to the Gwarimpa
General Hospital with all
manners of weapons, including firearms that was
used to shoot tear
gas canisters into the hospital.
“This attack left many, including patients
injured, with some in critical
conditions at the intensive care unit especially a
very senior colleague
who was attending to preterm babies at the time
of this attack.
“We are calling on all authorities especially the
Inspector General of
Police (IG) to urgently investigate the sources of
the weapons used.
We equally call on the FCT Administration (FCTA)
to investigate and
apply public service rules to protect our members
“To this effect, a letter has been sent to the FCT
authorities. In this
regard, I have directed our lawyers to institute a
legal action against
these persons and the body they represent for
” As law abiding professionals, we do not want to
take laws into or
hands but we are sending strong warnings to any
groups or persons
or associations to stop harassing our members. To
be forewarned is
to be forearmed,” he cautioned.
In a related development, Akerele expressed the
to politicians to invest in the health sector, as
they campaign for next
month’s general election. He said the provision of
infrastructure and better investment should be a
priority to the
Meanwhile, the leadership of JOHESU in the
country has been urged
to end the nation-wide strike entering three
months now for the sake
of the suffering masses.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of
Uyo Teaching Hospital
(UUTH), Prof. Etete Peters, at a chat with
journalists in Uyo, Akwa
Ibom State, weekend said it was unprofessional
for the health workers
to be on such a prolong strike.
|Re: Read What JOHESU Did Today. by xpac01(m): 9:29pm On Jan 26, 2015|
I don't know why people hate doctors much. If it doctor on strike action for this long, all hell in NL and beyond could have been let loose.
|Re: Read What JOHESU Did Today. by ArchEnemy(m): 9:31pm On Jan 26, 2015|
Why should they do that?
|Re: Read What JOHESU Did Today. by Ashuale(m): 9:35pm On Jan 26, 2015|
My brother, one by one we will leave this country for them. When they go on strike they lock up instruments and other things just to make sure things don't work in the hospital because their mere absence changes little. When doctors when on strike all hell was let loose by nigerians but nobody even recognizes the fact that JOHESU has been on strike for over 2 months.
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