Nurses at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital withdraw services due to alleged assault by police
Nurses and midwives at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, have withdrawn their services from the hospital due to alleged attacks and assault on their colleagues by members of the Nigeria Police force while on essential duties.
The Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NAANM Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Patrick Odu, who disclosed this in an exclusive chat with Planet News said, the association had tolerated incessant cases of harassment of its members on essential duties, adding that they were further provoked by an action of a certain police officer said to have beaten up a nurse on duty at the hospital while accusing her of not giving proper attention to his wife who passed away at the hospital.
Our correspondent Anthony Esin reports that the NAANM Chairman said the association may further withdraw services of nurses in other medical facilities across the state if the situation is not addressed.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Frederick Nnudam said he was not aware of any case of assault or attacks on nurses during the period of the lockdown and was equally not informed about the alleged manhandling of a nurse at the UUTH by a policeman.
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