protest issues of insecurity at the federal hospital, told our
correspondent that many of their colleagues had suffered severe injuries
due to violent attacks from their patients.
Doctors of the hospital, Dr. Jeje Oyetayo, said that doctors had to
embark on an indefinite strike after the last attack on two female
doctors at the outpatient unit of the hospital in June.
doctors severally at the hospital and we don’t have trained security
personnel to address this. But the last one was on the 5th of June, two
female doctors were attacked such that consultants had to come and save
started running around with it and there were no security officials.
Patients get violent occasionally but the norm is that there should be
trained personnel that can disarm them.
mean they should hold their hands and subdue them. But if there are no
trained security personnel, the patient and the doctor can be injured in
the process of trying to douse the violent situation and it may
and authorities at the hospital to quickly review the security
logistics with a view of protecting the lives of health workers while
delivering their duties at the hospital.
for health workers in case of an emergency such as when we have an
aggressive patient which could lead to harm to doctors, patients and
alert security officials for help in case of an emergency and even the
consultants have refused to run clinics due to the security challenges.
step in to avoid loss of lives as well as bodily harm to health workers
as well as patients and their relatives,”
who spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday also complained that
they had to consult for their patients in an unconducive environment, a
situation, he said could encourage attacks from patients.
consulting rooms are rickety. Patients have to stand over doctors and we
know the danger of a psychiatric patient towering over anyone.
consulting for patients in a room structured for just one doctor and the
patient. Many terrible things happen under these circumstances.”
Dr. Rahman Lawal, admitted that the hospital was presently experiencing a
shortage of security personnel due to lapses in logistics.
the doctors in June was due the fact that health workers who should have
catered to patients at the emergency unit were on strike.
security needs for some time now and we are having problems with the
payment of our outsourced staff including security personnel. Some leave
without telling us they are going and it takes time to replace them.”