By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.
Apparently disturbed by the protest staged against him at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI) over the death of six Doctors that died in a motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja road last Sunday, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Lawrence Ayodele has called on his staff not to allow them to be used to achieve political gains.
However, the staff of FETHI, under the auspices of Senior Staff Association, had on Monday staged a violent protest over the Doctors’ death, claiming they suspected that the accident was spiritual and man-made.
Six Doctors working with FETHI, Ekiti State University Teaching
Hospital, Ado-Ekiti and Ekiti State Hospital’s Management Board and their driver, on Sunday died in a tragic motor accident along Kaduna road while on their way to Sokoto to attend NMA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Ayodele, who said the survivors in the accident, including the
Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Ekiti, Dr. John Akinbote are stabilizing, said it was rather unfortunate that he could be linked with the death of the Doctors by some people just for political reason.
The CMD in his official reaction to the Doctors’ demise on behalf of the management, commiserated the deceased’s families and the state government over the death, assuring that necessary steps would be taken to give relevant supports to the deceased’s families.
“We received the tragic death of my colleagues with deep sense of
sadness. This is a trying period for all of us. This is a huge loss to NMA, Ekiti State and Nigeria at large. I pray that the good Lord will give all of us the fortitude to bear the loss.
“But it marvels me that people could link me with a death that
happened in an auto crash in a modern world like this. This is very unfortunate and barbaric because the Doctors of other hospitals were involved in this very sad incident.
“Should we now conclude that those that died in EKSUTH and Ekiti State Hospitals’ Management Board were killed by my colleague, Dr. Kolawole Ogundipe and the state government? “What they wanted to do is to heat up the hospital and create atmosphere of unrest which will not be in the ineterst of anybody”, he said.
Meanwhile, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Alhaji Tae Lawal and former members of Senate and House of Representatives, Senator Ayo Arise and Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, respectively, have expressed their condolences over the Doctors’ death, describing it as a national calamity.
Bamidele and Arise in separate statements appealed to the federal government and other stakeholders to fashion out means of making Nigerian roads safer for motorists, to prevent untimely death of innocent Nigerians.
The former federal parliamentarian solicits adequate supports for
the families of the deceased for them to get over the trauma caused by the sudden death of their breadwinners in such a sad and calamitous fashion.
Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has commiserated with the families of the dead Doctors.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the party regretted the sudden loss of the physicians, who he described as illustrious sons of the state who had made their marks in medical profession.
He said the death was a blow to the medical profession, particularly at a time more medical Doctors are needed to man the state medical institutions to take care of the health needs of the people.