JOHESU Condemns Attack On Psychiatric Hospital, Seeks FG, NDDC Assistance

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Professionals including the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and members of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Calabar, Cross River State have condemned the attack carried out on the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital by hoodlums and looters hiding under the guise of EndSARS protesters.

Led by Chairman of JOHESU, Daniel Odo, the profe4ssionals called on the Federal Government and other corporate organisations to offer assistance in remodeling the hospital especially due to the recent looting of some of its equipment and structures.

“The attack and desecration of our establishment to say the least was satanic and should be condemned by well-meaning individuals and groups. Items looted include refrigerators, computers, fans, generators, hospital beds, laboratory x-ray equipment, drugs, books, tables, and chairs among others.

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“All the official and private cars parked within the precincts of the hospital were vandalised without any milk of human kindness,” Mr Odo said.

He, however, saluted the courage, resilience, and sense of commitment to duty displayed by both the management team and members of staff who ensure that they render mental health services to patients literally on top of rubbles.

The Union appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to dispatch a high-powered team to assess the extent of destruction towards finding a remedy.

“We appeal to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Federal and Cross River State Emergency Management Agencies, and the Niger Delta Development Commission to come and assist us.

“We also call on members of the State Assembly  and National Assembly from Cross River, Non-Governmental Organisations, and philanthropists to come  and help us.”

Odo said further that urgent steps must be taken to improve the standard of services offered to patients as well as an improved working environment for members of staff.

He called for improved security around the facility to ensure the safety of lives and properties within the facility while also appreciating the courage displayed by workers during the attack.

Fifth Patient Dies After Romania Psychiatric Ward Attack

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A fifth victim died on Monday from injuries sustained in an attack over the weekend by a patient in a Romanian psychiatric hospital, the country’s health minister said.

The 88-year-old woman “was suffering from multiple illnesses and has died after a cardiac arrest,” Sorina Pintea said.

She added that the manager of the hospital in the eastern town of Sapoca had resigned and that an investigation had been opened into the incident that took place Saturday night.

A 38-year-old man, who had admitted himself to the hospital for treatment for an alcohol problem, is suspected of attacking other patients in the same treatment room with a transfusion stand before entering a second room and assaulting more people.

Three of the patients suffered head injuries and died at the scene while a fourth died later in hospital.

Local press reports say nine others were injured in the attack, two of whom are in a coma.

“Everything happened in less than a minute,” hospital director Viorica Mihalascu was quoted as saying on Sunday before stepping down.

But Pintea disputed this version of how things unfolded, saying that there had been “a long chain of errors” on the part of the hospital staff.

“It’s hard to believe no employee heard the noise made by the attacker”, said Pintea, adding that the transfusion stand should not have been left within reach of the patient.

The government has promised checks on all psychiatric hospitals in Romania in light of the incident.

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Industrial Action:New MD appeals for workers’ cooperation

Workers of the Psychiatric Hospital Uselu in Benin City commenced an indefinite strike over the appointment of Sunday Olotu as the new Medical Director.

The workers held a congress to review the lastwarning strike said they were staying away from their offices.