The Leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, has dismissed the allegation that their members disconnected gadgets in the Special Care Baby Unit and thereby caused the untimely deaths of 20 babies in intensive care.
The union also said that at no time did their members assault any officer of the medical institution. It added that the capacity of the SCBU of the hospital is not up to 20.
A statement issued by the union on Monday ansigned by its Chairman, Secretary and Public Relations Officer, Clifford Ezeugwu, Iheanyi Okoronta and Solomon Nwafuru, respectively, stated that its members could not have indulged in the ugly activities following the union’s nationwide strike.
It also said that enforcing compliance through picketing was not a common feature of trade unionism in and beyond Nigeria.
Describing the writers of the report as malicious, the union claimed that they might have been paid to do the mendacious story.
The statement partly read, “If not, one would have expected the writers to contact the Union officers on the veracity of the story before going to press. The PRO and Medical Director’s Secretary that were alleged to be on danger list in an undisclosed hospital are quite hale and hearty. Even the PRO was at the hospital on Thursday April 26, 2018. We therefore challenged the writers to name the hospital where they are admitted.
“For the umpteenth time, we want to state that medical doctors are not on strike. Besides, they are not members of any of our unions, hence we do not interfere with their duties. It is only our members, we are preserving to keep away from the hospital. Of course, we do not expect that any medical doctor to meddle in our affairs, because we do not interfere anytime they embark on strike for the welfare of their members”.
The union contended that the publication was intended to discredit it and its members.