|Nurse Mustapha Assaulted in Zamfara General Hospital by Police Officer by Peter(m): Fri Aug 2021 03:30pm|
Following the recent attack on Nurse Mustapha Hamisu of General Hospital Zurmi, Zamfara State while on duty by the policemen on the *World humanitarian Day* is uncalled for and needs the immediate intervention of relevant stakeholders from the community, government, Nurses Professional Union, Aggrieved Nurses and Nurses around the globe.
The Nigerian Constitution has stated that such assault or molestation of health workers while performing their duties are criminal offenses according to the laws of Nigeria.
In a statement made available yesterday, by the Ex-President, Nigerian Universities Nursing Students Association (NUNSA), Nr. Reuben Zirahgi after receiving the report from Comrade Nr. Haruna Isa and the Victim, said the provisions of the National Health Act 2014 on assault, whether verbal or physical, were unambiguous.
He accused security agencies of complicity in the trend of violence against health workers across the country most especially the Nurses who happened to be overloaded with work in comparison with their ratio to that of Patients.
The case of violence on Nr. Mustapha Hamisu by DCO of Zurmi Police division was reported, the NUNSA Ex-President and Comrade Nr. Idriss Ahmed says it is worried by the apparent silence of security agencies on the plight of its colleague and has to direct the victim to the State NANNM through the Unit NANNM of the victim Hospital.
They said: “More worrisome is the fact that the security agents who have the responsibility to protect Nigerians including Nurses in this cruelty are primary assaulters, DCO for that matter.
They also note with displeasure the disposition of the Unit NANNM of General Hospital Zurmi and her members by the policemen and DCO himself in the case where victim summon the courage to seek justice”.
The perpetrators should desist from violently attacking Nurses (Health workers) as provisions of the National Health Act of 2014 on assault, whether verbal or physical, is not ambiguous to pursue.
They are now appealing to the federal government and the inspector general of police through the Unit NANNM and State NANNM to immediately put in place genuine security measures to end the unacceptable rise in cases of assault on the entire health workforce and also grant Nr. Mustapha Hamisu Justice.
The Young Nurse Leaders has also directed its colleagues to ensure perpetrators of violence against them were duly reported and prosecuted.
Nr. Idriss also lamented that the Nurses were being threatened and attacked, even while providing life-saving emergencies which are not appropriate.
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