The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, directed medical doctors at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, to immediately withdraw services until security and safety of health workers was guaranteed by the Federal Government.
This followed last Thursday’s attacks on medical doctors and other health workers by men of Nigeria Police Force on account of the inability of the hospital morgue to accommodate bodies of policemen killed at Bama town in Bornu State.
The alleged mayhem unleashed on the health workers, including the Acting Chief Medical Director of the hospital, led to the vandalization of the hospital property, with health workers and patients sustaining various degrees of injuries.
Condemning the action of the police officers in a press statement, National President of the Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, called onthe Federal Government to ensure that perpetrators of the dastardly act were brought to book, with adequate compensations paid to the injured and traumatised victims at the hospital.
His words: “On account of the unwarranted brutal assault of health workers and total breakdown of security at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, the National Leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association hereby directs doctors in the hospital to immediately withdraw from the insecure environment.
“This should be the situation until such a time when the security and safety of health workers and property in the hospital could be guaranteed by the Federal Government, with other necessary conditions met.”
Osahon also called on the Federal Government to take responsibility for the treatment of health workers and other innocent citizens injured in the process.
He also called on the Inspector General of Police and Borno State Commissioner of Police to restrain their officers from further assaulting health workers, and expressed worry on the increasing act of physical assault of medical doctors and other health workers in various health facilities across the country.