Thursday 10 February 2022

Ondo: Resident doctors down tools over assault by patient’s son

 The Association of Resident Doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, UNIMEDTH, in Ondo State has begun a two-day warning strike after a patient’s son attacked one of its members.

The resident doctors, who held peaceful protests in Ondo and Akure simultaneously, demanded that enough protection be provided in hospital environments to prevent further attacks by patients or their relatives.

A doctor was on Wednesday attacked by a patient’s relative while on duty.

The attack, according to UNIMETH ARD President, John Matthew, was unnecessary. 

Dr. Ibidapo Bolayemi, one of the protesting doctors, claimed that over 100 doctors have left the hospital, leaving less than 45 doctors to care for patients.

“It’s unfortunate that we’ve ended up in this precarious position. Over 100 employees have departed the hospital, putting a strain on us.

“To solve the problem, we ask the state government to hire additional doctors. We also want the government to ensure that the facility is adequately secured,” he said.

Meanwhile, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Dr. Oluwole Ige, has criticised the resident doctors’ decision to go on a two-day warning strike in response to the attack on their colleague.

Dr. Ige, who criticized the doctor’s assault, said the strike was uncalled for because the situation had been settled.

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