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Barely hours after gunmen stormed the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja carting away computers and other sensitive materials from the administrative department, Doctors at the health institution have embarked on an indefinite strike.
In a communique signed by Nnanna Agwu, chairman, Association of Resident Doctors (NARD); Samuel Obajemu, chairman, Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU); Abdulmalik Idris, chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and John Omoche, chairman, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), the health workers alleged that their lives were being threatened because of the state’s “poor” management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health workers who said they are “totally withdrawing services across the board”, listed some conditions that must be met before returning back to work and they include; adequate security of lives and properties, validation of COVID-19 status of some staff of the hospital that has been in isolation, provision of COVID-19 testing facilities (PCR machines) and maximum of 20 patients being attended to daily.
The gunmen who stormed the place Wednesday morning in large numbers operated for about thirty minutes. They carted away laptops and phones of staffers and patients, vital documents, and vandalized properties leaving the scene with victims crying for help.