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Neuro-Pychiatric Hospital workers, doctors' protest rally fails to hold in Lagos

19 October 2015, 21:33

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 impasse.

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.

Also read: Doctors' strike paralyses commercial activities

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.



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