The Kogi State government has reacted to attack on the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, saying that it resulted from “scuffle between the staff of the health facility and some of the aggrieved relatives of patients.”
The government in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, however describes by breach on the medical facility as unfortunate.
It reads: “The attention of the Kogi State government has been drawn to the unfortunate scuffle between the staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, and some patients’ relatives at the hospital, this morning.
“Preliminary findings revealed that the violence ensued when relations of patients in the medical facility protested against the failure of the management of the hospital to attend to them.
“Many people in the Emergency Ward were left unattended to and a mother delivered at the gate of the hospital, That generated a lot of public tension in the state.
“Tension started building since Tuesday when patients and their relatives learnt of a plan by the medical staff to stage a protest today, seeking protection from Covid-19.”the statement adds.
It calls on residents to remain calm and be maintain law and order.
“We also sue for calm and urge medical authorities to remain committed to their medical profession and responsibilities, as government will protect them in order to give them the confidence to deliver”
“Healthcare management must never be politicized”
The statement explains that the government will carry out further investigations to ascertain the remote causes of the breach of peace by the protesters and also address their fears.
” The Kogi State government will also make the state-owned Specialist Hospital available to patients in critical condition, and who are denied medical attention by the authorities of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja,” it adds.
Earlier reports had it that suspected sponsored thugs at about 8am, on Wednesday, attacked the federal hospital, carting away computers and other sensitive materials from the administrative department.
The unnumbered hoodlums that stormed the FMC Lokoja carted away laptops and phones of both staffers and patients.
The were alleged to have also made away with some vital documents.
They operated freely for over thirty minutes and left the scene with victims crying for help.
There has been no love lost between the management of the FMC Lokoja and the Kogi State government, over perceived differences on the latter’s stance on the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has continued to hold on to the view that the Coronavirus disease is a hoax, personnel at the medical centre appear not to be on the same page with him.
More drama was to follow later in the day, as some placard carrying protesters marched in front of the hospital (FMC), voicing it that Kogi remains free of the novel Coronavirus disease.
The COVID-19 has continued to wreak havoc in both human and material terms, haven since claimed no less than five hundred thousand lifes around the world and brought many business on their knees, in the about five months that it broke, beginning in the Wuhan province of China.