By Ayodele Oni
Call it one of the hazards of the profession or aggression of the highest order, resident doctors, of the University of Ilorin Teaching hospital have cried out saying enough of harassment by relations of patients admitted in the hospital.
They have staged a rally to protest increased assaults on members, in the cause of carrying out assigned duties.
The protest is coming after one of the resident doctors was allegedly assaulted by relations of a patient that died in the course of treatment, which led to detention of the corpse.
President of the association , Ijaiya Adeyemi said the protest is to draw the attention of relevant authorities to the dangers on the lives of doctors, who have been regularly brutalized by family members of patients over accusation of unsatisfactory service delivery.
During the protest, regular activities were halted in the early hours of Friday at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital as a result of the protest by Resident Doctors of the health institution over the continued assault on medical officers by relatives of patients seeking medical attention.
The Resident doctors therefore, insisted that culprits be apprehended immediately and prosecuted accordingly, while also calling for the presence of armed security personnel at all emergency points in the hospitals among others.
The health workers also advised on adequate sensitisation of the general public against acts capable of endangering the lives of medical personnel in the cause of carrying out their assigned duties.