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Psychiatric Patients Fight, Bite Doctors, Nurses Over Poor Treatment In Abeokuta | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

May 16, 2024

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A psychiatric doctor sustained injuries when the patients at Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Aro, Abeokuta, protested against poor treatment at the facility on Wednesday, May 15.

The protest reportedly lasted for over two hours and caught the staff off guard before intervention from the police operatives of Lafenwa Divisional Headquarters.

According to LEADERSHIP, the patients were reportedly protesting inadequate feeding, unsanitary conditions, and frequent power outages, as well as absence of alternative electricity.

Concerned relatives of the patients revealed that the issue had persisted for some time, prompting partially healed patients to join the protest when the facility’s management failed to address their grievances.

According to an anonymous relative, reportedly patients paid between N500,000 to N700,000 depending on their length of stay.

The hospital’s Public Relations Officer dismissed the incident as an internal matter, but police confirmed that one doctor sustained injuries from bites during the protest, LEADERSHIP reports.

The Lafenwa Divisional Police Officer, Enatufe Omoh who confirmed the incident after approval from the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, said that only one of the doctors was attacked during the protest, as he sustained degrees of teeth bites from the protesting patients.

Enatufe said that the protesters had disagreements with their handlers at the health facility having been denied some privileges, which included not allowing them to see their relations who would take them home after being discharged from the hospital, as well as not being allowed to freely move around among others.

The protests, however, did not result in any fatalities.

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