ILORIN, KWARA STATE. February 28, 2023. Members of the Nigeria Association of Government Medical and Dental Practitioners at the General Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, have commenced two days strike over an alleged assault on their colleague.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the state Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Ola Ahmed, said the doctors were forced to down tools due to the frequent threat to their lives.
“After an emergency congress, the doctors have unanimously agreed that no doctor will work in the hospital for 48 hours. We are tired of being a punching bag by the public,” he said.
Ahmed stated that a sergeant attached to the Police Mobile Force attacked and assaulted one of the doctors at the general hospital.
He explained that around 5pm on Sunday, the doctor was assaulted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, by a police sergeant who brought his sick wife for treatment.
“The doctor conducted the necessary test and she was later discharged. The sergeant, however, returned to the hospital and attacked the doctor who examined his wife.
“The sergeant alleged that the doctor did not seek his consent before examining his wife and that in his culture, it is a taboo,” he said.
Ahmed pointed out that the woman was not a minor but an adult, adding that there was a colleague around before the test was conducted.
He observed that the doctor sustained an injury before he was rescued from the policeman.
He however noted that the accused person had been arrested and is presently detained by the police.
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