UlTH assault: We record attacks every week – NMA

UlTH assault: We record attacks every week – NMA

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal, Ilorin.

 

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kwara State chapter, says it has recorded physical or verbal attacks on its members almost every week.

 

Dr Ola Ahmed, the state NMA Chairman, made the declaration, while speaking with newsmen on Monday in Ilorin.

 

Ahmed moaned that medical doctors in public healthcare facilities across the state and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) were being attacked for no cogent reason.

 

“Attacks on our members have been recorded across different hospitals in the state.

 

“Several reports, engagement and letters have been written to our employees, especially the management of UITH and Kwara Government, but we have not seen remarkable improvement,” he said.

 

Ahmed stressed that the series of assault had been causing psychological trauma for NMA members as they feared for their lives.

 

He cited the recent attack on a member of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD-UITH, by some relatives of a deceased patient.

 

He also decried the alleged killing of a medical doctor by patient’s relative in Delta, while rendering services, adding that the Kwara NMA would not wait until such incidents happened in the state.

The NMA chairman, however, observed that 2022 was a very tough year for all Nigerians, due to the economic hardship, induced by high inflation, high cost of goods and services.

 

He also cited the devastating flood that ravaged many states, including Kwara, as part of the hardship, which was later compounded by high cost of petroleum products.

 

Ahmed stressed that the healthcare system was also affected, noting that poor remuneration, poor conditions of service and inadequate infrastructure had hindered Nigerian doctors from performing their duties.

 

“Many of our colleagues have left the country and the state, and many more are ready to leave due to poor working conditions.

 

“The few of us left are struggling to cope with the difficult working environment, the ever-increasing patient load and at the same time taking care of our families,” he said.

 

Ahmed, therefore, appealed for understanding and patience from people, advising them to follow the due process in expressing their grievances.

 

He pledged that the medical doctors would always provide healthcare, with respect and dignity, for all.

 

He also called on the public to empathise with medical doctors, irrespective of the challenges they faced or their dissatisfaction in the course of receiving healthcare in hospitals, while channelling their grievances through appropriate quarters.

 

Besides, the chairman urged security agencies, most especially the police, to beef up security at UITH and other health facilities, while ensuring diligent prosecution of ongoing cases of attack on healthcare personnel in the state to serve deterrent to others.

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