The Kogi state authorities says the assault on the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) on Wednesday was by relations of sufferers deserted by the workers of the hospital, TheCable experiences.
Gunmen had attacked the medical centre in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, and disrupted a COVID-19 press convention.
Additionally they carted away laptops, priceless paperwork and destroyed some properties on the facility.
However in a press release, Kingsley Fanwo, commissioner of data and communications, mentioned the relations of the sufferers solely launched into a protest on the hospital.
“Preliminary findings revealed that the violence ensued when relations of sufferers within the medical facility protested in opposition to the failure of the administration of the hospital to take care of them,” Fanwo mentioned.
“Many individuals within the emergency ward had been left unattended to and a mom delivered on the gate of the hospital. That generated a whole lot of public pressure within the state.
“Rigidity began constructing since yesterday when sufferers and their relations learnt of a plan by the medical workers to stage a protest at the moment, searching for safety from COVID-19.
“We urge the folks of the state to stay calm as authorities will guarantee upkeep of regulation and order.
“We additionally sue for calm and urge medical authorities to stay dedicated to their medical career and duties as Authorities will shield them with a purpose to give them the arrogance to ship. Healthcare administration must not ever be politicized.
“Additionally, authorities will perform additional investigations to establish the distant causes of the breach of peace by the protesters and in addition deal with their fears.”