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Friday, 5 February 2016

Doctor Shot During Protest In Owerri.

 



The Injured Doctor
BY GRACE IGWEANYI


What was to be a peaceful protest turned bloody yesterday when a doctor was injured by teargas fired by the Police during a demonstration carried by doctors in Imo State.

Some doctors however alleged that their colleague was hit by a gun shot.

The injured doctor was rushed for treatment at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri where he received  treatment.
The Imo State Police Command has however maintained that none of their men fired a shot at the protesting doctors but rather were trying to maintain peace when some hoodlums wanted to hijack the protest.

The doctors in Imo State have been entangled in face off with  the State government over plans to concession hospitals in the State. They said they are not against the policy but laid down rules should be followed in carrying out the concession.

Speaking to INNONEWS.COM, a practicing doctor in the State, Dr.Phillip Njemzanze said the violence unleashed on his colleagues during the protest was deliberate in a bid to weaken their resolve to challenge the actions of the State government against the doctors.

This Newspaper learnt that based on the attack on the doctors yesterday, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in the State has vowed to close down all medical facilities in the State until the issue is resolved.









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