It was not an easy task on the part of the Chief Medical Director, Nurses and medical workers at the Ondo State Neuro-psychiatric Specialist Hospital in Akure, today (Thursday) as the workers protested over the welfare and safety of its members, following the attack on some of them and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital by another suspected killer and patients.
One of the patients, 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.
Base on the confession and to ascertain the authenticity of the confession, 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 were revived at the the State specialist Hospital, Akure.
The insecurity and poor working condition 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, to rush to the hospital and ordered the workers to go back to their duty posts.
Apart from the CMD who fainted, two nurses and former CMD of the hospital who is now a consultant to the hospital, Dr. Sunday Sajo, we’re injured during the attack by the suspect and psychiatric patient.
Following the development, the nurses and medical staff of the psychiatric home sent a save our soul to the Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola, who rushed to the hospital but ordered the workers to go back to their various offices.
Irked by the attitude of Ikuomola, the nurses protested and vow not to return to their post until the state government address the issue of their welfare and safety.
Most of the nurses alleged Ikuomola of insensitive to their plight of the nurses and other health workers of the workers in the hospital, saying ordering them back to their various offices will not resolve the crisis.
The leader of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) at the hospital, Mr. Opeyemi Oloniyo, frowned over the attitude of the Ikuomola, saying that the workers would not subscribe to the threat from the Permanent Secretary of the Board.
Oloniyo said, “I want to believe we are not in animal kingdom. We heard of the attack on some nurses and doctors of this hospital and we came to pacify the workers to go back to work this morning.
“But it’s unfortunate that the PS just came here and ordered the workers to go back to their work without addressing the issues at hand and said we have no right to address our members.
“We thank God that no lives was lost in the attack but we want to say enough is enough because nothing seems to be working here and this is not acceptable to us and we demand that the PS must withdraw his statement that we don’t have right to protest.”
However the PS, Ikuomola, alleged the union leaders of the hospital of inciting the workers against the government but said the workers have the right to table their grievance, but in a peaceful manner.
“We are going to address all the grievances and challenges confronting the hospital like power, and security. I have assured them that we will table them before the state Governor.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Femi Joseph, confirmed that the command had transferred the self confessed suspect, Folorunsho Olawale, to the psychiatric home to under study him after reporting his involvement in the crime.
He confirmed that the suspect attacked some nurses taking care of him at the psychiatric hospital but however said he has been sedated and brought under control.