Chief Medical Director (CMD), Neuropsychiatric Specialist Hospital, Akure, Dr. Akinwunmi Akinloye, narrowly escaped death when a psychiatric patient pounced on him. The patient, Folorunso Olawale, had about two weeks ago walked into a police station and claimed to have participated in the murder of Khadijat, daughter of former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo.
He was taken to the psychiatric hospital by the police for medical examination. But on Wednesday night, Olawale reportedly went berserk and injured the medical personnel trying to administer injection on him. The patient also turned on Akinloye, who came to rescue the situation, and beat him to coma. Akinloye fainted but was revived at the General Hospital, Akure. Apart from Akinloye, the self-acclaimed killer also injured four nurses. Also, the patient injured a former CMD of the hospital, who is now a consultant to the hospital, Dr. Sunday Sajo. This development forced the nurses and medical personnel of the hospital to send a save our soul (SOS) 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 duty post. Irked by Ikuomola’s response, the nurses protested and vowed not to return to their posts until the state government addressed the issue of their welfare and safety. The nurses accused Ikuomola of being insensitive to their plight and other health workers in the hospital, saying ordering them back to their offices would not resolve the crisis.
The leader of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) at the hospital, Mr. Opeyemi Oloniyo, frowned at Ikuomola’s attitude, saying the workers would not succumb to the threat from the permanent secretary. He said: “I want to believe we are not in the 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 (yesterday).
“But it’s unfor-tunate 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 were 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, Ikuomola accused the union leaders of the hospital of inciting the workers against the government and said the workers had the right to table their grievances but it must be in a peaceful manner. He said: “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, Olawale, to the psychiatric hospital to understudy him after reporting his involvement in the crime. He confirmed that the suspect attacked some nurses taking care of him at the hospital. Joseph added that the suspect had been sedated and brought under control.
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