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Monday, April 2, 2012

Delta State commissioner for health accused of slapping a nurse

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara, has been accused of slapping a female nurse, Mrs. Akata Oghenero, at the Central Hospital in Warri, during a visit to the hospital last week. 

The incident happened in the gynecologist ward of the Hospital in the presence of many nurses and officials of the Ministry of Health, Asaba. And he supposedly slapped her because she was receiving a phone call instead of standing up to greet him.

The commissioner has since denied slapping the nurse, saying that he only
tried to stop her from making calls with her phone while work was going on during his visit to the hospital on March 29.

Meanwhile the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, in the state is spoiling for a showdown over the matter and Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, FJHD, in Delta State, has demanded that the commissioner tender an unreserved apology to the nurse or resign his appointment.