Thursday, February 11, 2016

UCH Staff Go On Warning Strike Over Alleged Assault On Female Nurse By DSS Official

(Nigeria) Nurses of the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday have embarked on a two-day strike to protest alleged assault on one of them by an official of the Department of Security Service.
A member of the executive of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, who preferred said that the alleged assault occurred on Monday night.
The source said a patient was brought in dead to the emergency unit of the hospital, but due to the new policy of the hospital, the dead patient was rejected.
``According to the policy of the hospital, patients Brought in Dead (BID) are not allowed to be deposited at the emergency unit any longer.
``The accompanying doctor’s request to drop the dead patient was denied by the nurse on night duty, so they left with the body. Early on Tuesday morning, a doctor and a man, Mr Olu Ajayi, who identified himself as an Assistant Director in the Department State Security, DSS, came in to see the nurses on night shift at the emergency unit.
``He requested to see the nurse privately for discussion in one of the nurses’ rooms and she obliged him, thinking it was a matter of management request.
``As soon as they entered with the nurse, they locked the door against her and started querying why the patient brought in dead was refused. As the nurse tried to make a call to other members outside the room, Mr Ajayi reportedly snatched the phone from her and smashed it on her chest, rough-handled her and banged her head on the wall.
``It was the noise of the scuffle in the room that drew the attention of the doctors and other nurses on duty to the room, but they could not enter as the door had been locked against the nurse. The UCH Chief Security Officer was then called to the scene and on arrival, forced the door opened and started interrogating Mr Ajayi,” she said.
She said the incident made the officials of the NANNM, UCH branch, to call an emergency congress on Tuesday with the State Nursing Council in attendance.
The source said the congress decried the assault and harassment of one of their members and called for a 48-hour strike to protest the act.
She said the congress was demanding a letter of apology from the DSS over the misconduct of one of their senior staff, requesting that he be brought to book.
However, Mrs Oyeronke Bello, Chairman, NANNM, UCH Branch, declined comments on the development.
In the same vein, Prof. Temitope Alonge, UCH Chief Medical Director (CMD), was not available for his comments on the issue as he was said to be on his way back to Ibadan from Abuja.
The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Mr Deji Bobade, confirmed the incident, but said that the CMD would shed more light on return.

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