WORKERS of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, under the auspices of the Health Workers Alliance on Wednesday accused some striking doctors of the hospital of pilfering.
The doctors, the HWA alleged, pilfered some orthopaedic instruments, including interlocking nail sets.
The HWA, in a statement by its chairman, Mr. Steven Ologunagba and Secretary, Mr. Adekola Adetifa, alleged that the pilfered equipment were taken to a private clinic in Akure.
The group also alleged that three top members of the Association of Resident Doctors were involved in the theft.
The statement added that the nurse, who allegedly connived with the doctors to remove the equipment, had been queried by management of the institution.
The HWA said the development had confirmed the suspicion of some of the unions in the hospital that the ARD’s aim of embarking on the strike was for personal reasons.
The association, therefore, urged the hospital management to ensure that the culprits were arrested and prosecuted.
The group said, “As a responsible stakeholder in the FMC, Owo project, we shall waste no time in petitioning the supervising Ministry of Health, if the concerned doctors are not brought to book within 30 days.”
However, the striking doctors through their President, Dr. Ajuonu Jolly, told our correspondent that none of them was involved in any form of pilfering.
He said, “The management of the FMC is behind the allegation because both the group that allegedly issued the statement and the signatories are faceless and are not known to the institution.
“The three accused persons are the immediate president of the ARD, the immediate secretary and the immediate past chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“This clearly shows the extent to which the management could go to deviate from issues to attacking persons who are committed to ensuring that the FMC Owo remained one of the best in the country.”
Meanwhile, a top employee of the hospital told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that the affected nurse had been queried.
He said, “The management had already commenced investigation on the issue.
“Since the medical doctors are on strike, there is nothing the authorities of the hospital could do to the doctors accused in connection with the alleged stealing of the equipment.”
With the heavy security presence on the premises, Jolly said it would be difficult for anybody to remove any equipment from the hospital.
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