Therapeutic Laboratories Nigeria Limited has denied abandoning an employee, Mr. Tony Okorocha, whose two fingers were chopped off by its industrial machine. Okorocha had told PUNCH Metro on June 27, 2012 that the company abandoned him two weeks after he had the accident and stopped paying his salary.
In a letter to The PUNCH, signed by its Administration Manager, Mr. Lawal Ebenezer, the firm said it deeply cared for Okorocha. It said immediately after the accident happened, the victim was first taken to a hospital for first aid before he was rushed to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi on the same day. It said before he (Okorocha’s) was discharged because of the strike by doctors in the state, the company had spent over N175, 000.
The letter reads, “We would like to state for the record that we care deeply for all our staff and not to abandon them. It was true that Tony Okorocha was one of the machine operators before the accident happened.
“On March 1, 2012, about 1:45pm, when the accident happened, we rushed him to Jajo Hospital Ikeja, immediately. At Jajo, he was given first aid before being referred to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, the same day.
“At National Orthopaedic Hospital, Okorocha was being treated until he was discharged because of strike by doctors over there. We spent over N175, 000 at the hospital. “Thereafter, I organised for private hospital, Danas Specialist Hospital. The hospital is not far from his home in Ajegunle on Ikorodu Road as doctors at Igbobi were on strike.
“On June 19, I was also there to pay for another set of dressing and Okorocha told me that I should only pay for June 19 and 21 as he would be travelling to the East on June 22. However, PUNCH Metro learnt that the company had paid Okorocha’s arrears of salary and promised to take him back to orthopaedic