Six Medical Doctors Die In Road Accident In Kaduna

Road AccidentA road accident along Abuja-Kaduna expressway has claimed the lives of seven medical doctors traveling from Ekiti to Sokoto State.

The accident which claimed the life of the driver of the bus, also left seven others severely injured.

The Kaduna State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Muhammed Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Kaduna on Monday, said that the accident occurred around Doka area along the expressway, when one of the tyres of the 18-seater bus they were traveling in busted.

The vehicle hit the side breakers and somersaulted several times before it stopped.

He disclosed that the doctors left Ekiti on Saturday to attend the Nigeria Medical Association delegates’ conference in Sokoto State before the incident occurred.

He attributed the death of the six medical doctors to lack of proper medical attention at Doka General Hospital where they were rushed to, stating that there was no single doctor and first aid facilities to attend to the victims.

He also disclosed that the seven surviving medical doctors were receiving treatment at Saint Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in the state capital.

The accident occurred very close to the spot where the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son lost their lives in a similar road mishap.

Health Workers Shelve Planned Strike Over Ocholi’s Death

Health workersThe Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), has shelved their planed strike, initially scheduled to commence on Thursday, March 10.

The President of the Union, Mr Biobelemoye Josiah, said the suspension of the proposed strike action is to enable the workers mourn the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi,.

The Minister was the Chairman of a Negotiation Committee set up by the Ministry of Labour to address the issues raised by the health workers union in their notice of the proposed strike addressed to the ministry.

Mr Ocholi, died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Narrating how the incident occurred, the spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that the accident occurred while the family were returning from a private visit in Kaduna at Rijiana village along the expressway on Sunday afternoon.

He confirmed that while the Minister and his son died on the spot of the incident, his wife died few minutes after, at Doka General Hospital, about 60 kilometres to Kaduna, having sustained severe injuries.

According to an eyewitness, the Minister’s Sport Utility Vehicle had a burst tyre before somersaulting several times.