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Doctor Dies in Kogi Hospital Over Non-Payment of Salaries

Dr. Chukwudibe Rosemary, the Head, Department of Internal Medicine, Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja, collapsed and died yesterday over alleged unpaid salaries.

There was confusion as another doctor, Idris Nuhu and three nurses slumped due to alleged exhaustion.

The four medical personnel are now currently on admission at the hospital.

The Secretary, Association of Resident Doctors at Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Dr Moses Adaudi, who confirmed the incident, said the death of the doctor was as a result of lack of Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she could have been treated.

“There was no oxygen spanner to place her on oxygen and even when she was to undergo some tests, there was no money to carry out the test,” he said.

Some of the health officials who spoke on the incident said the late doctor had difficulty getting her drugs as she was not among those that were paid March salaries last week.

According to them, the other doctor could have collapsed following the shocking news of his colleague, while the nurses may have suffered exhaustion from excess workload as they were said to have been on duty since Saturday due to inadequate manpower.

The Kogi State chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Godwin Tijani also confirmed the death of the doctor and the collapse of a doctor and three other nurses at the hospital.


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