Authorities of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, FNHE, have placed a male nurse on three months interdiction for allegedly injecting a patient and supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan with un-prescribed drugs.
The nurse, identified as Alozie Ejimadu, allegedly carried out the act during the March 28 presidential election.
Also, two other members of staff of the hospital, Ozurumba Anthony and Ihezue Ejike, have been interdicted for different offences.
Ozurumba was accused of participating in one year National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, without permission, adding that against civil service rule, he was equally earning full salary throughout the period while working full time.
In the case of the male nurse, Ejimadu, he had reportedly gone to his Facebook wall to boast that the patient would sleep till when the result of the presidential election would be announced.
The post on his Facebook wall, which was obtained by Nigerian Pilot reads in full: “The announcement of presidential election has reached its crescendo to the point that one of my patient was crying, saying that she is not happy because Jona (President Jonathan) failed election; I didn’t hesitate to silence her with injection Paraldehyde 10 ml stat, chlorpromazine 150 mg and IV diazepam 20 mg stat. At least, this will keep her sleeping till tomorrow when the final result must have been announced. Anybody who dare thinks like my patient will certainly receive a double of the injection I gave my patient… (Ara
gbaka kwa ndi ara ahu) Igbo language meaning “those mad people should get mad the more).
Nigerian Pilot gathered that a group, Centre for the Right of Psychiatric Patient, irked by the Facebook post, petitioned the chairman of the hospital board about the actions of the nurse.
The group had in the petition, stated that “his activities as posted on Facebook by himself is a gross violation and abuse of the right of a psychiatric patient.
“Mr. Alozie’s activity is unbecoming of a psychiatric nurse of whose care a patient is left. We demand the hospital to immediately remove him from the clinical area and suspend him to identify the patient and assess possible damage to the patient.”
Following the petition, the head of clinical services of the hospital, in a letter dated May 7, 2015 sent the nurse packing.
The two-paragraph letter signed by Dr. Iteke O.C reads: “I am directed by the Medical Director to interdict you for the next three months on half-salary starting from April 2015.
“You should stay away from clinical duties until after the investigation by Nursing Council of Nigeria on your internet posting of 30th March, 2015 in which you claimed to have silenced a patient with diazepam, paraldehyde and chlorpromazine medications.”


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