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Women Doctors Protest Violence Against Colleague

Posted: Mar 5, 2016 at 4:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Osun State Chapter, on Friday, staged a protest against alleged violence against one of them by a military officer who is also medical personnel.
The incident occurred last week when the military officer unleashed terror on the female medical doctor over parking slot at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.
The protesters staged the protest to express their displeasure over the treatment meted to the medical doctor by the military officer.
The military officer was said to have assaulted one of their colleagues, Dr. Theresa Ugalahi, a Senior Registrar, Mental Health, OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.
Dr. Boladale Mapayi, President of the Association, who led the protest, declared that it is high time women rose to their responsibility and fight against gender based violence.
She said they were protesting the violence meted out to Dr. Theresa Ugalahi, a Senior Registrar Mental Health, OAUTHC who was assaulted by another colleague, but a military officer, serving at the hospital.
Mapayi said that justice must be done by bringing the names of perpetrator to book especially regarding violence against women so as to serve as deterrent to others.
She said that what Dr. Okpara Chukwuemeka, the Senior Registrar in Department of Community Medicine, OAUTHC,  and a Wing Commander in the Air force  did was inhuman.
According to her, packing slot in the hospital couldn’t have caused problem to the extent of beating his colleague to the point of comma.
Professor Victor Adetiloye, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, who welcomed the protesters and expressed dissatisfaction over the development saying such a behaviour is embarrassing and barbaric.
He explained that the crisis which ought to have been settled amicably has generated serious damaging development.
Adetiloye said that the management has set up a panel to look into the matter, as they know that government agency cannot react on sentiment, but would follow due process.
He added that the military officer running a course at the hospital had been queried and the ministry headquarters had tendered apology, promising them that justice would be done.

The CMD also pledged that truth would not be swept under the carpet, and called on the protesters to remain calm and maintain peaceful coexistence.