- The attack on the facilities of the federal medical centre in Kogi was caused by relatives of patients, the state government has said
- Kogi information commissioner, Kingsley Fanwo, said the relatives were of patients at the hospital were protesting alleged abandonment by staff
- Fanwo urged everyone to remain calm while he gave an assurance that the state government will ensure law and order prevail
The Kogi state government has revealed the alleged reason why the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) on Wednesday, July 1.
Kingsley Fanwo who is the state's commissioner of information and communications said the attack was perpetrated by relatives of patients who were protesting alleged abandonment by the hospital staff, The Cable reports.
Fanwo said preliminary investigations revealed that violence ensued as relatives of patients in the staged a protest against the alleged failure of health workers to attend to them.
He said: “Many people in the emergency ward were left unattended to and a mother delivered at the gate of the hospital. That generated a lot of public tension in the state.
“Tension started building since yesterday when patients and their relatives learnt of a plan by the medical staff to stage a protest today, seeking protection from COVID-19."
The commissioner urged everyone to remain calm while he gave an assurance that the state government will ensure law and order prevail.
“We also sue for calm and urge medical authorities to remain committed to their medical profession and responsibilities as Government will protect them in order to give them the confidence to deliver. Healthcare management must never be politicized.
“Also, government will carry out further investigations to ascertain the remote causes of the breach of peace by the protesters and also address their fears," he added.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the FMC in Lokoja came under attack from armed men who disrupted a COVID-19 press conference.
Unknown gunmen stormed the health institution in the morning on Wednesday in three vehicles and shot sporadically to disperse the media briefing to demand COVID-19 screening centres.
The gunmen who carted away with laptops and important documents destroyed hospital properties and harassed health workers.
He made the statement on Tuesday, June 30, at a prayer session for the repose of the soul of late Kogi chief judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, who reportedly died at a COVID-19 isolation centre.
The governor dismissed reports that the judge died of COVID-19, insisting that Ajana passed away from natural causes.
He said COVID-19 is being propagated to cause fear and panic among the Nigerian people.
“Do not give in to fear and evil of the issues of COVID-19…. it is a disease that has been imported propagated and forced on the people for no just cause,” he said.
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