Medical workers at the Ondo State Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Akure, on Thursday staged a protest against what they described as insensitivity of the state government towards their welfare.
The protesters alleged that the government exposed them to attacks by psychiatric patients, who often assaulted them while on duty.
It was gathered that the protest was staged after a patient, identified as Folorunsho Olawale, who was brought in by men of the Ondo State Police Command, allegedly attacked the nurses on duty and destroyed some equipment of the hospital on Wednesday.
The protest leaders said the patient was aggressive at the hospital, adding that on Wednesday, he allegedly stabbed two nurses and beat up the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Akinwumi Akinloye.
The nurses and other medical workers of the psychiatric hospital were said to have informed the Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board, Dr Niran Ikuomola, about the matter.
He was said to have told the workers to go back to their offices, which did not go down well with the employees.