The Kogi state government has finally opened up on an impasse at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, the state capital.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, “The attention of the Kogi state government has been drawn to the unfortunate scuffle between the staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja and some patients’ relatives at the hospital, this morning.
“Preliminary findings revealed that the violence ensued when relations of patients in the medical facility protested against the failure of the management of the hospital to attend to them.
“Many people in the Emergency Ward were left unattended to, and a mother delivered at the gate of the hospital. That generated a lot of public tension in the state.
“Tension started building yesterday (Tuesday) when patients and their relatives learnt of a plan by the medical staff to stage a protest today (Wednesday), seeking protection from Covid-19.
“We urge the people of the state to remain calm as the government will ensure maintenance of law and order.
“We also sue for calm and urge medical authorities to remain committed to their medical profession and responsibilities as the government will protect them in order to give them the confidence to deliver. Healthcare management must never be politicised.
“Also, the government will carry out further investigations to ascertain the remote causes of the breach of peace by the protesters and also address their fears.
“The Kogi state government will also make the state-owned specialist hospital available to patients in critical condition and who are denied medical attention by the authorities of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.”