Numan General Hospital: Adamawa Govt Averts Planned Workers Protest

By Atanga Philip

Adamawa State Government has intervened and brokered peace at Numan General Hospital, stopping planned protest by the management.

The intervention was necessitated by a report of planned protest by the management and staff of the Hospital occasioned by an attack on them by some irked people following the dead of a patient.

Speaking in Numan on Friday, the Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Chief Felix Tangwami explained that upon receipt of the report, government deemed it necessary to wade in and arrest the situation and to appeal to the management and staff to rescind on their decision.

Underscoring the need for restrain by the aggrieved staff, Chief Tangwami also stressed the need for them to operate within the ethics and etiquette of the medical profession.

He reminded them that health workers are trained to be patient and receptive even in the face of provocation while carrying out their duty.

The Commissioner urged the management and staff to work in synergy with security agencies in the area for smooth and safe operation.

Responding, the Principal Medical Officer Numan General Hospital, Dr Raphael Nwanlerumi revealed that their intended action plan was informed by abuse, harassment and threat on their lives by some unguarded elements.

According to Nwanlerumi, on Wednesday, a person was brought dead to the General Hospital which triggered tension by the youths who alleged that it was due to negligence and nonchalance on the part of the staff.

He appreciated the intervention by the government and pledged their resolve to shelve the planned protest.

In his remarks, Numan Local Government Counsel Chairman, Christopher Sofore appealed to the state government to facilitate additional manpower for enhanced service delivery.

He called for cordial working relationship between the hospital Management and relevant stakeholders in the local government and the public.

Also, speaking, Numan Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Superintendent of Police, SP Alfred Futuwe advised the management of the hospital to promptly report any unwholesome attack on them by ruffians.

While decrying the failure of the management to sport such cases, SP Futuwe said had the matter been reported to the police earlier, it would not have degenerated.

The Commissioner of Health thereafter addressed the staff and encouraged them to do their work without fear.

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