UITH, Doctors Deny Involvement In Patient’s Death
The death of a patient at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Kwara State over the alleged switch off of the respirator at the medical facility has continued to generate more controversy.
In separate reactions to the incident, the management of the hospital and the Association of Resident Doctors at the UITH both denied being culpable in the death of the patient.
While the doctors insisted that they were not on strike at the time, adding that they do not have access to the control of electricity supply and equipment.
The Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), on its part, admitted that its members were on a warning strike but denied culpability.
JOHESU Chairman at the hospital, Olutunde Olawunmi, stressed that concession was given to the management by allowing its members to ensure the availability of electricity throughout the period of the strike.
He stated that the unions who were not on strike were in charge of patients at the medical facility and not JOHESU.
On his part, the Chairman of UITH Medical Advisory Committee, Louis Odeigha, accused the family of the patient of absconding without being discharged, with bills yet to be settled.
However, an elder brother of the late patient, Sunday Adeboye, claimed that his brother died as a result of the negligence of the health workers at the hospital.
He added that the alleged switching off of the respirator and flogging of the nurses by the striking workers made them evacuate the patient to another hospital where he eventually died.