ANGER ran high at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, on Tuesday, following the alleged assault by a patient’s relative on a member of the National Association of Resident Doctors at the hospital.
The patient’s relative reportedly slapped a resident doctor in the hospital’s Department of Pediatric, Jelili Gbajumo, for preventing a female patient from entering the neo-natal ward with a long purdah to avoid spreading infection.
Our correspondent gathered that the female patient was recently delivered of a baby who was kept in the ward for monitoring and treatment. The incident happened on Monday after which the attacker and the husband of the patient reportedly scaled the fence of the hospital to escape.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday, NARD President, Dr Adekunle Jimoh, announced a 24-hour warning strike over the alleged assault on one of his members. Jimoh, who was supported by the state Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Ogunlaja Oladayo, said Gbajumo was slapped by the patient’s relative in the hospital ward.
Jimoh said the female patient clad in a long purdah was advised to adjust her attire which, according to the doctor, was dragging on the floor. He stated that the advice was to protect the babies in the ward from getting infected.
He added that the woman allegedly reported the case to her husband, who entered the ward with his friend and reportedly slapped the doctor. Jimoh said, “Doctor Jelili Gbajumo was slapped and the marks were visible after a couple of hours. The woman was clad in full purdah that the female Muslims wear; the neonatal ward must be very clean.
“If allowed into the ward with that kind of attire, we are bound to take any form of infection. So, the patient was informed to change her purdah to a shorter one. “The woman called her husband and the husband brought his friend along. The husband’s friend slapped the doctor.”
While justifying the strike action, Jimoh asked that the assailant be arrested to avoid extension of the strike action beyond 24 hours.