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Enugu Hospital Staff Deny Protest, Accuse CSOs

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Staff members of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu have publicly disassociated themselves from the recent demonstration that occurred at the hospital’s gate.

Reports indicate that the protest was planned and executed by a coalition of civil society

Addressing journalists on Tuesday, representatives of the hospital’s workers’ unions categorically denied any staff member’s involvement in the protest.

They include the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, MDCAN, of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu.

Dr. Jane Nnabuchi of MDCAN, Dr Mbachu Ferguson of ARD, and Comrade Obinna Eze of JOHESU addressed the media on the issues.

The workers’ assertion was that specific individuals had employed touts to sow discord and instability in the hospital.

In a joint press statement issued by the workers, they debunked what they called ‘the stage-managed protest by a group of HIRED THUGS that called themselves Civil Society Organisation (CSO) alleging that there is no peace in the Hospital and that the workers are unhappy alongside other allegations levelled against the Medical Director Prof. Monday Igwe.’

‘We hereby state categorically that the piece of information is not only false, but was made to mislead the general public and to cause confusion.’

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The workers declared that: ‘there is no crisis in our Hospital, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu.’

‘That our Hospital is peaceful and workers are happy with the administration of the Medical Director, Prof. Monday Igwe.

‘That the stage-managed protest on 30th August, 2023 was done by thugs hired to discredit and destabilise the Medical Director and our hospital’s activity.’

‘We want to challenge anybody on that protest video circulating around to provide any proof of identity as Staff of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu or Student of the School of Post Basic Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing of our Hospital.’

‘Ordinarily, we would have ignored the publication and the perpetrators of this dastardly and worthless act, but we are issuing a rejoinder to stop them from misleading the general public and most importantly, to put the information in the proper perspective.’

With regard to a recent event at the hospital, they firmly stated the need to stop any further harassment of the Medical Director.

‘The situation created a scene and disrupted the activities of the hospital Community and would have escalated to an uglier scenario if not for the intervention of Enugu State Police Command.’

‘The members of Staff have been enjoying peace, infrastructural and human capacity development since the inception of Prof Monday Igwe’s leadership in 2019.’

‘We, the members of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu therefore, distance ourselves from and condemn that stage-managed protest of 30th August 2023 as well as the attempted abduction “arrest” of our Medical Director on Thursday, 14th September, 2023,’ the staffs further said.

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