Lagos - A protest planned by the doctors
and health workers at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on
Monday failed to hold.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent who visited the hospital reports
that there was heavy presence of policemen at the main gate of the hospital.
At the hospital, there were no doctors, nurses, pharmacists and laboratory
technicians to attend to few patients that came for treatment.
The workers, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), had planned
to stage a rally to drive home their grievances at the hospital.
They had, in August, embarked on an indefinite strike, demanding for a change
of leadership of the hospital.
NAN correspondent, who was at the hospital, learnt that the union leaders were
in a crucial meeting with the hospital authorities toward resolving the
When contacted, Mr Uzondu Eke, the JOHESU chairman in the hospital, confirmed
to NAN that the union leaders were in a meeting with the management.
Dr Rahman Lawal, the Medical Director of the hospital, also told NAN that he
was in a management meeting with the workers.
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Lawal said he would not be able to speak further on the issue for now.
"I cannot talk to the press now," he told NAN.
Earlier, Dr Grace Ijarogbe, the hospital chairman of Medical and Dental
Consultants Association of Nigeria, had said that consultants were not happy
with the deplorable state of infrastructure in the hospital.
Ijarogbe alleged that the tenure of Lawal, as the medical director of the
hospital, had ended on Aug. 21, and he ought to have vacated office in
accordance with the civil service rule.
Lawal had, however, told NAN in September that allegations made against him by
the workers were not true.
He said that he had resigned as a civil servant before taking up the political
appointment as the hospital medical director.
Lawal said that he had applied for another tenure as the chief executive of the
hospital and was given a letter from the Federal Ministry of Health to continue
acting pending his confirmation or otherwise.
The workers had kicked against the continuation of Lawal as the medical
director of the hospital.