Following the altercation between the doctors in Imo state and police clash that happened last week in Owerri, Angry doctors in the state have declared a three day closure of all private and public hospitals in the state to protest the cruel treatment by the police in Imo & also the ill treatment of Gov. Rochas Okorocha's administration.
The doctors who protested last week against the management of public hospitals and poor treatment of health workers by the state government, complained bitterly over the treatment of the police during the incident in which some doctors were allegedly shot by the police.
The association said that the closure of the hospitals was to express their grievances against the action of the police and the management of public hospitals by Gov. Okorocha.
NMA Chairman, Dr Hyacinth Emele and Secretary, Kyrian Duruewuru issued a press statement. Read it below...
"The association condemns the action of the police, the police acted the script of some government officials by shooting our members on a peaceful protest",
"Contrary to the police claim that NMA never obtained permission for the protest, it was monitored by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bisong and Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of New Owerri, Eric Uchegbu, who came with six vans loaded with armed policemen, escorting the protesters",
"The police vans which have been escorting them, at the Ware House roundabout, turned against the doctors, diverting them to end their protest at the Freedom Square and not the Government House as contained in their permit",
"At that point, the police, who were hitherto friendly, threw teargas at them and shot some of his members with live bullets".