By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has promised to provide health workers with first grade protection and security they need in every public hospitals in the Territory.
This assurance was against the backdrop of recent physical assault on female medical doctor working with Maitama District Hospital, by aggrieved relatives of a deceased patient.
Making the assertion yesterday, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who described such assault as unacceptable, attributed it to attitude of lawlessness of citizens.
Aliyu while speaking when members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Abuja branch protested the mob attack their colleague female by relatives of a patient who passed on at Maitama hospital.
Her words: “We will provide first grade security to all health workers in the territory because your service is for humanity. We appreciate your patience, we appreciate your understanding and the fact that you didn’t take the law into your hands.
“For violence against medical or health workers; male or female is not even acceptable in the Federal Capital Territory or anywhere else in Nigeria.
“This particularly might not be an issue only for the Federal Capital Territory, you could be posted to anywhere as a practicing professional.
“It is the attitude or a culture of lawless of citizens, it’s unheard of. But I want to appeal to you all that we feel your pains, we understand your fears and you will be protected.
“And I want you to know that you will receive the first grade protection and security you need in every hospital in the FCT.”
Earlier, the chairman of Nigerian Medical Association Abuja branch, Dr. Philips Ekpe, expressed dismay over the manner health workers are being assaulted in public hospitals across the territory while carrying out their lawful duties.
He reiterated that the Association has condemned in strong terms the recurrent and frequent abuse, assault, molestation and threat to the life of doctors and other health workers in the FCT hospitals by patients and relatives.
According to him, “a handful of patients’ relatives have developed a penchant for taking laws into their hands whenever they are dissatisfied about outcomes or clinical management is at variance with perceived misconceptions”.
Ekpe assured members that the leadership of NMA will use whatsoever means within their disposal to support and defend health workers until justice is served to assaulted members.