Blind man holds Odili’s clinic responsible for his lost sights, threatens legal action
A man with disability, Thompson Iroulo, has threatened to drag Dr. Peter Odili’s Pamo Clinic and Hospital Limited for alleged violation of his human rights.
Iroulo, a former staff of the hospital who spoke Friday in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, alleged that the management of the clinic has refused to pay attention to his health condition, as well pay all his outstanding arrears since 2014.
Addressing newsmen, Iroulo lamented that his family has been facing hardship since he lost his sight.
He appealed on the Director General of the hospital, a former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili to intervene in the situation.
He claimed that he had accident while in active service in the hospital resulting to his sight impairment and expressed pain that the hospital abandoned him when his health situation worsened.
However, a Human Rights Advocate, Barr Higher King, who had already written to the clinic, condemned the alleged violation of rights and called on the state government and management of the Pamo Clinic and Hospital to quickly look into the matter.
King advised the hospital to immediately take the victim to India for medical treatment, pay N50 million damages to him (Iroulo) and all his outstanding salaries from 2014 till date.
The rights advocate recalled that the victim was employed into the hospital in 1987 and that he (the victim) encountered the accident that led to his loss of sight in 2002.
He revealed that the company had in February 2009 directed him (Iroulo), through a letter to sit-at-home and that the clinic would be paying his salary, but worried that the agreement had since been breached.
Meantime, in a swift reaction, the Managing Director of the Hospital, Dr. Oluchi Nzinwa has described the allegations as untrue, stating that the victim had developed the eye problem before been employed at the hospital.