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.
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.