Ondo Neuro-psychiatric Hospital Staff Protest Poor Working Conditions

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Nurses and medical workers at the Ondo State Neuro-psychiatric Specialist Hospital in Akure have protested over their welfare and safety, following the attack on some of them and the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital by a suspected killer and patients.

One of the patients at the hospital is Folorunsho Olawale, who walked into a police station in Akure, two weeks ago to confess that he was one of those who recently murdered the daughter of the former deputy governor, Miss Khadijat Oluboyo.

Olawale was taken to the psychiatric hospital for observation after the confession but he became aggressive two days ago and started attacking the hospital’s medical workers injuring four nurses and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Akinwumi Akinloye.

The suspected killer was said to have destroyed some facilities at the bay while the CMD and a former CMD who is now a consultant to the hospital, Dr. Sunday Sajo, who came to rescue the situation was beaten to coma and was later revived at the State specialist Hospital, Akure.

The insecurity and poor working conditions however led to the protest by the nurses and other medical staff at the psychiatric hospital which made the Permanent Secretary of the State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Ikuomola who on hearing of the matter, rush to the hospital and order the workers to go back to their duty posts.

But, the state Chairman, Nurses Association and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Mr. Opeyemi Oloniyo, frowned at the attitude of the permanent secretary, calling government to improve working conditions at the health facility.

Speaking on the incident, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed that the command transferred the self-confessed suspect, Folorunsho Olawale, to the psychiatric home for studying.

Mr. Joseph however said the rampaging suspect had been brought under control.


Leke Adegbite

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