Attacks: UITH to commence arrest of culprits

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The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) says it will henceforth arrest and prosecute anyone who assaults, assaults or beats up a health worker at the hospital.

Ms. Elizabeth Ajiboye, UITH’s Director of Corporate Affairs Unit, confirmed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Wednesday.

Ajiboye explained that this was necessary because of the incessant attacks on apex hospital health workers by some unscrupulous individuals.

“An existing case was that of a male patient who was admitted to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Wing of the UITH on December 27, 2022.

“The patient in question was one of those cases that presented to the hospital late and with serious complications.

“Nevertheless, the health workers on duty, especially doctors, sprang into action, but while he was fighting with his life, he started having convulsions.

“From then on he was stabilized, prompting the doctors to take on another case that needed urgent attention,” she said.

The UITH spokesman further explained that three relatives of the patient attacked one of the doctors on duty, pinning him against the wall and beating him several times, but he managed to escape from them.

“This led to the arrest of one of the patient’s relatives by the hospital security officers.

“At the time of this report, this person is still under surveillance by security personnel while the other two are being sought,” she said.

Similarly, Ajiboye noted that the doctors, under the auspices of the Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (ARD), are protesting the attack and urging the management of the hospital against the release of the corpse without arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators .

She stated that it has now become imperative for the hospital to warn patients and their relations about any kind of attack against its healthcare providers.

“Just as these workers had sworn to protect the lives of their patients, their own lives must not be put in danger.

“Therefore, the management through law enforcement has decided to henceforth begin arresting and prosecuting anyone irrespective of their status, threatening the life of all UITH employees while performing their duties.

“Legal action will also be taken against such unruly family members of our patients from now on,” she said.

She reminded people of the role of healthcare professionals in the health management system and the limitations of these healthcare providers in saving lives, especially when the cases brought to them are too late.

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