The family of a dead patient on Sunday beat nurses on duty at the Federal Medical Center, Owo, Ondo State for the death of their kinsman.
Naija News reports that the deceased relatives stormed the hospital and descended on the health workers, blaming them for the death of the patient.
It was gathered that the patient was said to have died on Sunday as a result of an ailment suspected to be coronavirus disease.
Expressing their displeasure over the attack on their colleagues, the FMC nurses abandoned their duty posts on Monday to protest, chanting various solidarity songs.
The leader of the protesters, Segun Francis, said the protest was to show their grievance on the matter to the management of the federal government-owned hospital.
Francis said, “We staged the protest to express our displeasure over the attack on our colleagues on duty yesterday. When the patient died, the relatives came to the ward and started beating the nurses on duty. They were being dragged on the floor. Two of the nurses were seriously injured. They have been admitted at the hospital now.
“What we want is for the management to take action on the culprit to serve as a deterrent to others. What happened to our colleagues can happen to any other staff in the future.”
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Liasu Ahmed, confirmed the incident and said an investigation has commenced into the matter.
He said, “It is true that some of our nurses were attacked by the patient’s relatives. We are currently investigating the matter. We will ensure that our staff are well protected“.