In what seems like a scene from a horror movie, dare devil robbers invaded General Hospital, Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State during the weekend unleashing hell on patients and workers.
It was gathered that the robbers, for the umpteenth time, in the hospital raped patients and female workers before carting away their belongings including cash, GSM handsets and other valuables.
Investigation revealed that the robbers, who were many, shot into the air on arrival and ordered the people around, including medical personnel to lie face down before executing their mission. Investigation reveals that this was the third time men of the underworld would terrorise the hospital and succeeding on each occasion.
Consequently, the people of the area are now scared-stiff to patronise the hospital as their safety was no longer guaranteed. A middle-aged woman, who visited her hospitalised relations, said she could not stay up to five minutes for fear of being attacked by robbers.
Meanwhile, relations of other patients at the hospital are already withdrawing their wards and relocating them to other hospitals and herbal homes. Most of those who spoke with reporters urged the state government to provide security in the hospital to curb the excesses of bandits, who had made life unbearable for patients and workers.
It is really shocking that robbers will stoop as low as robbing hospitals and even raping patients. However, more shocking and disheartening is the fact that the government/management didn't deem it fit to provide adequate security following previous attacks. This is a government hospital for Chris sake!
It is very sad that the poor in Nigeria are the ones who are targeted and continue to suffer from terrorism and government's inadequacies. Now the less privileged people in the area can't even take their sick to the only hospital they can afford because of fear.