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Striking Health Workers Attack Doctors On Duty In Abuja

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Reports have it that members of  the Joint Health Staff Union (JOHESU), at the weekend, allegedly stormed the premises of Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja, unleashing terror on any visible personnel, especially doctors on duty and vandalising 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, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, physiotherapists and non-health workers had since November, 2014, been on strike in protest against government refusal to meet their demands.

Akerele, however, expressed sadness that a very senior doctor was unlucky, as she was terribly manhandled.

He said the attackers broke down all the entrance to the main block including the laboratory and later shot a canister of tear gas whih triggered severe respiratory distress that necessitated intensive care resuscitation.

Although the reason for the JOHESU action was not stated, he noted, it was apparent that they were angered by the fact that Doctors had been 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 error.

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