The Imo State Government, on Sunday, locked up all its General Hospitals in state with the aid of suspected thugs and chased all the workers out thereby denying people access to healthcare services.
The affected General Hospitals were in Aboh Mbaise, Umuguma, Awo-Ommama, Arondizuogu, Ngor-Okpala, Ogwa.
Governor Rochas Okorocha had earlier announced the concession of health institutions, including primary health centres in the rural areas, as well as over 17 parastatals in the state.
Daily Times gathered that the state security outfit, the Imo Security Network, invaded different hospitals and forced every staff and patients out the hospitals.
When Daily Times visited Umuguma Specialist Hospital, in Owerri West Local Government Area, on Monday, fracas broke out between the leadership of the organised labour and operatives of Imo Security Network, when the labour union officials tried to reopen the hospital.
They later over-powered the men of Imo Security Network, led by former commissioner for Public Utilities, Dr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu.
Confirming the incident, the State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Austin Chilakpu, expressed shocked that the state government could embark on such a move when the Federal Ministry of Labour through Industrial Arbitration Panel had intervened on the concession.
I think it's time for President Buhari to call him (Okorocha) to order. From selling hospitals, to beating his wife, to naming a government building after his daughter and now chasing doctors and patients out of hospitals. There's no justification for that.
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