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NAUTH doctors embark on strike over persistent assault by patients

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Medical docs working in Nnamdi Azikiwe College Educating Hospital (NAUTH), beneath the aegis of Affiliation of Resident Docs have begun a five-day warning strike.

The physique stated the motion is because of assaults on its members by relations of sufferers.

The newest of such assault was stated to have occurred final week, when relations of a deceased affected person held a physician hostage for 2 hours, amidst torture.

In a communique signed by the President and Cecretary of the group, Dr Ndukwe Chinwe and Dr Egbue Obiora, after an emergency common assembly, the group decried the incessant assaults, saying it has gone on, unattended.

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A part of the communique issued by the group learn, “The Affiliation of Resident Docs, NAUTH, Nnewi, had an emergency common assembly on January 24, 2023, following the bodily assault and near-death expertise of its member. The assembly which had over 100 members current, made the next observations.

“A five-day complete shutdown of medical and emergency providers has been issued by Congress, commencing from (6am Wednesday) January 25, 2023 and ends on (8am Monday) thirtieth January 2023.

“The Congress insists that Administration ought to guarantee prosecution of the culprits concerned on this dastardly act in order to function a deterrent to others sooner or later.

“The safety structure of the hospital must be overhauled and changed with ready bodied unarmed native vigilante or civil protection operatives.

“Administration as a matter of urgency must recruit extra resident docs and medical officers in order to extend manpower and enhance service supply.

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“Administration ought to implement strict adherence to visiting time, and no affected person relative needs to be allowed within the ward exterior of the visiting time.”

The group recalled that on January 22, 2023, its member went to evaluate a affected person on the male surgical ward, the place he met nurses who had been resuscitating one other affected person by CPR.

“In a bid to save lots of the affected person, our member joined within the resuscitation. Sadly, the affected person died and the physician was subsequently brutally assaulted by the deceased affected person’s relations.

“He endured over two hours of this torture and humiliation earlier than the late intervention of the hospital safety outfit and administration.

“Whereas the Supreme Congress of Affiliation of Resident docs NAUTH, Nnewi acknowledges the efforts of NAUTH administration to sentence the incident and be certain that the assailants had been arrested by the police, amidst different measures, we, nevertheless, really feel that extra must be accomplished to ship a robust and clear message as a deterrent to all to make sure that assault on any physician doesn’t occur once more.”

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