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Osun striking nurses murder 9yr-old- boy • Remove life-support oxygen

ABIODUN FELIX, Osogbo

THE on-going strike by nurses, health workers and Joint Action Workers of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LATH), Osogbo yesterday claimed its first casualty, with the death of a nine-year-old patient, Taiwo Olorunfunmi.

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Daily Champion gathered that the striking nurses forcefully removed the life-support oxygen apparatus from the lad who had been on admission in the hospital since Sunday.

Taiwo was rushed to the hospital last Sunday after suddenly taken ill during a church service.

The workers who announced the strike on Wednesday were said to have mobilised themselves, moving from ward to ward halting treatment of patients.

It was gathered that all entreaties by Taiwa’s father who works with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), to spare his son was rebuffed by the striking workers who forcefully discharged all patients on admission.

Meetings held with the State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Lanre Afolabi, was inconclusive as the commissioner reportedly told the workers that it is the governor that can rescind the decision.

Confirming the strike, the hospital’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Ayo Adeyemo, said the hospital was on skeletal services.

Meanwhile, it was wailing galore yesterday at Alekuwodo, Oshogbo residence of the deceased as preparations were on to commit his body to mother earth.

It was gathered that all the workers excluding resident doctors were protesting what they called arbitrary tax deduction by the Osun State Government.

The hospital is jointly owned by Oyo and Osun States.

The striking workers said the tax they pay was high compared to other health institutions.

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is she sacked and charge yet?

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Now if your govt can pay someone to offer murder services then whats the worry? Nurses need to have their rights too looked into urgently and in this case blame the government. In our country a 30mins strike is enough TO MAKE THE WORLD HEAR IT. Governments in Africa today only understand one language. STRIKE AND MASS ACTION.

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Were you there?. Anything is possible in Nigeria.

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Those nurses did not disconnect the oxygen, lets not get sentimental here. The oxygen probably finished and since the nurses were on strike there was no one to put a replacement.

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I am just wondering why the nurses that disconnected the oxygen couldn't walk away from the hospital without vandalizing their property?. It is a culture in the medical profession that is more interested in money than saving lives contrary to 20th century medical workers that can go without pay for long. All these naija nurses in Saudi Arabia, US and London are not doing it because they love nursing as a profession, it's because they get paid well. Imagine what a nurse like that can do if there is a system failure and no payment yet he or she is required to continue working.

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Pretty extreme, Somehow I doubt the story but if it really happened, then obviously the nurses involved has to be charged with murder (the first degree one!)

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The nurses suppose 2 understand that by removing the 02 4rm the boy will claim his life and there wont b xchange 4 it and that if they go on strike they will still come back and their salary will still be paid. they suppose 2 realise dat the little boy's life can't b regain again but the govt can one day pay the money they are agitating for.

They are too merciless.

They little boy's creator will punish them

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this is 9ja for u. A nation where doctor,nurse, lawyer, police, military, senators even the president go on strike, The nurse cant be sued but they should face the consequence for the death

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GBAM!

The worst thing is that they will even crucify those (Gani, Soyinka, Dora, Ribadu etc) that are trying to do something with the best intentions by criticising and libelling them at the slightest opportunity.

Those that are not contributing any effort (when they easily can) want to be the first and the loudest to complain about issues.

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make dem BOMB that hospital

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unethical medical proffessional litters everywhere in the name of nurse and doctor. No value for life but conscious of money alone. God will deliver them,

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i am tired of all dis so called masses who sit behind the god forsaking systems and just attribute every problem to the Najia factor, for heaven sake it is our Naija, yes we all know things are not the way it should but have have any of you done to make it better, all i get to read after a patetic story is always Naija dis najia dat. Toothless dogs who can only type, don't u know the roles citizens play to make their nation great and better ours is just to read and comment on the Najia factor. For ones do something to help out.

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Abegi! Some of you need to travel more, or at least watch documentaries, and widen your horizon.

There are many countries like Nigeria out there, very few countries have sanity.

Even countries like Italy have Nigerian traits.

All this hula bula about Nigeria is so horrible is crack.

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I really sympathize with the family but blame the govt. The nurses should've arranged for d boy to be transported with d oxygen to a private clinic but except you were there then you can't really tell how things went down. Forget newspaper reports, they thrive on propaganda.

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I thought saving lives was the paramount reason people became nurses and doctors. Surely they could have gone on strike without emptying the hospital of patients; and more importantly the hospital management should have provided some sort of cover whilst they were on strike. If it is true it's definitely manslaughter at least.

And why have people assumed the nurse who pulled the plug was a woman? Could have been a male nurse too. Oh and I'm slightly impressed that they had a working life support machine.

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wicked wicked nurses

kai

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nigeria is not a failed state, its a bleeped up jungle with heartless things moving around. where on earth does such a thing happen. police on strike. doctors and nurses on strike. what a joke. and everyone here is saying god help us. which god are you talking about. is it the same god that those things swore an oath on. i doubt. and everywhere is flooded with so-called churches claiming god. i don't think nigeria has god in charge of it. its running itself. if going to any of those churches is my ticket to heaven then i'd rather go straight to hell cuz i'll never ever attend any of those churches those thngs attend even if my head is chopped off. others are even looking for justice. what justice. is it jungle justice or human justice. an eye for an eye my friend. if that should happen to me, that nurse is equally a dead person. i swear it.

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Any reaction supporting or defending something brainless, evil and clearly silly should be crushed.

Do not compromise with morons.

If there is sufficient and reasonable evidence and witnesses to suggest this is true, then the police should order an immediate arrest. Lock them up. Interrogate them and only charge them at the last legally prescribed time. The prosecutor should challenge any bail conditions to ensure their freedom is delayed or impossible. And if he is successful at refusing them bail, utilise all delay tactics in the court process to ensure their tenure their is long and frustrating. Advocate for the highest possible punitive judgement from the judge. Then the family should now raise a civil suit to claim damages to finish them off financially.

That is what I will do.

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"Most" of medical practionals are heartless!

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This is sooo barbaric. While other countries have changed from the fifth gear to the sixth and are on a high rev on the super highway, this nation is permanently on reverse gear. Our people, atimes, behave like we are still in the 10th century.

A state that can not settle simple tax matters with its workers and nurses that have lost all forms of human kindness. What a waste!!

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Nature doesnt work that way. So far there is an action, there will be a reaction and eventually a counter-reaction. Tackling the problems of counter-reaction or reaction without touching the first (first wrong) gets you back to square one = reaction and possible counter-reaction, so long the first wrong persists. Its a vicious circle.

Do not forget that I suggested we tackle the second wrong while we are at the first.

Having made my suggestions clear, how do you go about tackling the second wrong; burning the hospital?

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Although Nigeria is Independent, but are we people not in the bondage of self-slavery, how cruel are those nurses, who also have their children at home.

They should be charged for murder with immediate effect, Unless if they will restore the boy's life after resumption.

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In this case, we should tackle the second wrong first and robustly, rapidly, intensely, unrestraintly and viciously so. After that, we can then focus on the first wrong.

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No be naija we dey.Nothing go happen,

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WTF! they shld all be sacked, and whoever pulled that masked shld be charged for murder. this is suppose to be a humanitarian job, strike shld not come in the way.

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I mean it will happen again so long we cowardly shy away from the causes.

Sad to tell you that this is not the first time.

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This is more than a tragedy, why go to that extend, its a day break murder no matter the circumstances that led to the nurses embarking on strike. I mean why take the poor boys life

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This is highly unprofessional paticularlly from the medical line. The write- up should be investigated and if it's true the perpetuators should be charged with first degree murder.

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i dont know WTF to post. i am speechless.

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Worthless nation.

While no sane person supports murder (tells u how many insane we have in naija), there is no way a strike by junior workers will occur without them removing certain things and locking them up for the duration. But the problem is magnified when the strike affects vital areas like health.

I am not certain anyone of us can escape guilt if we allow strikes to occur in the health sector. It is a collective failure of a generation. We are killing the future of the nation with our efusal to be responsible for what occurs around us.

Why the arbitary tax? Is this a govt or area boy in power? Why is it that people have to resort to violence before they are taken seriously? Do we still have any shame left among us?

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Nothing should be considered worth more than human life.

However, nigerians should learn to tackle the root causes of their problems instead of being sentimental all the time.

This sad incident is bound to repeat itself sooner or later if the major causes of the strike are not adequately addressed. Of which when it happens, we will troop out once again to either burn the hospital and nurse or shout and pray: "god punish the nurses" while we wait for it to occur again.

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No matter the cause of the strike, the Nurses shouldn't have resulted in killing the young boy as a means of getting their message across to the Government, it has been known that nurses are heartless people, death means nothing to them, the nurses should all be arrested so as to be able to fish out the main person or the actual group of nurses that removed the life-support oxygen and be prosecuted.

And the Government need to do something about the arbitrary tax deduction situation so that patients can be treated and not killed anymore by the nurses .

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So callous. Haba. We are talking about life here, and they are talking about money. Too bad.

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Are you insane?

What about other patients in the hospital, or was Taiwo the last?

What will be the difference between you and the evil nurses?

Where would you, Taiwo's father and the rest of the community go to for treatment after the destruction?

Who will build another hospital for the community?

Taiwo is dead and gone.

And the best thing the community can do for him and others that may likely end up like him is tackling the problems that led to the strike. While they are at that, they should sue the hospital's management.

On the other hand, I wouldnt be surprised to find out that Taiwo would have survived if he was quickly rushed to the hospital instead of 20 prayer warriors snuffing half of his life in the church.

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So killing a child intentionally is less than heavy taxation?

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taxation is worth your career and jail time?

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Heavy tax or allowances.

Why should they place a heavy tax on them?

Are there no measures on which they should be taxed?

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malpractice lawsuit.

there license is about to be revoked with some heavy fines.

the strike was over tax and not allowance

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This is what the two squanders(Oyinlola & Alao-Akala) has for the citizens of their states.

They both have the money to throw big parties, to pay the nurses allowances is now a problem for them.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

May Taiwo rest with the LORD.

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STRIKE ACTION. I've heard of doctors nd nurses goin 2 strike, but 2 d extent of remove O2 frm a dying boy! Dat is ridiculous. This is an act witout mercy. The hospital should be charged wit murder. Its aceptable nt 2 receive patients but 2 abandon they critical 1s dat hv bin dere, itz very bad. But why cant d gov. Take dis important sectors serious at least 4 1s.

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If I was there, I will be among those who will destroy the hospital because when such happened before in Lagos, all the doctors had to run away because the hospital almost set up by fire, it was as a result of their strike that claimed a boy life then

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may his soul rest in peace!!

BUT if the govt was caring, they wouldnt let the nurses go on strike,

everyone is making so much noise about the nurses, healthcare in nigeria is dead and gone!

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This is quite sad, not to mention heartless. Did the nurses not know that removing his life support was going to kill him? Why did they go ahead to do it? Even if they were going on strike, they should have, out of mercy for the boy, left the life support. Afterall he was not the who brought about the arbitrary tax deduction so why make him pay so dearly for it?

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ONLY in Nigeria that any firm/organisation/authority can decide to go on strike at any time. . . God Bless Nigeria may the poor boy's soul R.I.P

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This is sad, when nurses and doctors go and strike they have the right no to accept new patients but not right what to ever to remove patients who had already been admitted before the strike. This is murder and we all call for justice, if there is any left.

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If this is true, then jail no doubt.

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Failed Nation,they will wait for Strike and crisis before they attend to workers agitations. Of course their family dont attend those Hospital. but they know how to increase their sitting,furniture,hardship,committee, and Hell allowance. God is watching us

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