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Assault: FMC Lokoja shut as staff start indefinite strike

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Medical doctors, nurses and different well being staff on the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State on Monday introduced the withdrawal of their providers.

The indefinite strike adopted an early morning assault yesterday on the ability by suspected political thugs.

An announcement by the employees in Lokoja stated the motion was necessitated by the prevailing insecurity, foisted on the centre by the attackers, who they alleged, have been sponsored.

The assertion was signed by Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (ARD) Chairman Dr. Nnana Agwu and Joint Well being Staff Union (JOHESU) Chairman Samuel Obajemu.

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Different signatories to the assertion are: Nationwide Affiliation of Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Abdulmalik Idris; Medical Well being Staff Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) Chairman John Omoche and Senior Employees Affiliation (SSA) Chairman Usman Gabriel.

The union leaders expressed the remorse that apart the violent assault on staff, all of the important gear wanted for his or her day-to-day work had been carted away by the hoodlums.

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“Some gear like infrared thermometers, laptops, ATM playing cards, automotive keys and two bikes, that are important in offering care, have been carted away by the hoodlums,” the assertion stated.

The union leaders stated the executive block of the hospital was utterly vandalised by the armed thugs, who, they stated, got here in unmarked Toyota Sienna buses.

In keeping with them, the employees will keep off work till safety of lives and property on the hospital is assured.

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The unions additionally demanded satisfactory provision of Private Protecting Tools (PPE) for his or her members as a precondition for calling off the strike.

A part of their calls for embrace validation of COVID-19 standing of the Accident and Emergency unit workers who have been on self-isolation, growth of triangle factors and provision of testing amenities (PCR machine).

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