Aftermath of the attack

The aftermath of the attack

Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi State have embarked on an indefinite strike.

This is following an altercation on Wednesday morning when unknown armed men stormed the hospital, vandalising properties and carting away valuables.

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 stated that they are “totally withdrawing services across the board”.

Furthermore, they listed some conditions that must be met before returning back to work which include; adequate security of lives and properties, validation of COVID-19 status of some staff of the hospital that have been in isolation, provision of COVID-19 testing facilities (PCR machines) and maximum of 20 patients being attended to daily.