We Never Assaulted Any Officer of FMC Owerri – JOHESU
THE joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) of the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC) Owerri has denied recent media reports that its members assaulted some officers of the hospital, disconnected gadgets in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) thereby causing the death of twenty (20) babies on intensive care.
A statement with reference – JOHESU/PRESS/02/83 signed by the chairman – Ezeugwu Clifford C, the secretary – Okoronta Iheanyi A and Nwaturu Solomon .K – PRO which was made available to the Daily Independent dismissed the story of assault as grossly misleading fabricated to discredit JOHESU and her members, stating that the capacity of the 2 Special Care Baby Units (SCBU) is not up to twenty (20).
“We are stating here categorically that at no time did our members assault any officer of the hospital the PRO and the medical doctor’s secretary that were alleged to be on danger list in an undisclosed hospital are quite hale and hearty”.
The union explained that medical doctors are not on strike and are not members of their unions hence they do not interfere with their duties.
It added that its on going nation-wide industrial action in all federal health institutions in the country is not an exclusive affair of the FMC Owerri, stressing that enforcing compliance through picketing is a common feature of trade unionism across the globe.
According to them, JOHESU as a body is made up of professionals in different disciplines which include: pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, radiographers, medical records officers, dietitians and nutritionists, Administration officers, Accountants, librarians, Health educators, social welfare officers, Engineers of all cadres among others.