Patient Did Not Die In Our Hospital, He Absconded During Strike, UITH Insists

The entrance of the University of ilorin Teaching hospital, Kwara State.

 

The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has dismissed reports that a patient died at its facility during a recent strike embarked upon by medical practitioners.

Channels Television had on August 25 reported that the patient, Olusola Olagunju, had been on life support before passing away.

According to a source and friend of the deceased family, Ezekiel Adewole, the victim died after the aggrieved health workers switched off the oxygen.

“This guy was living on oxygen, electric oxygen. Immediately they switched off their light, he could not use the oxygen any longer and that was how his system collapsed,” he said.

But speaking on Wednesday, UITH Deputy Medical Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Louis Odeogah, described the alleged death of the patient as untrue.

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While stressing that no patient died in the hospital, he explained that the said victim rather absconded from the hospital during the industrial action.

“It was very surprising and shocking to us when we heard the story. We heard the union that went on a warning strike and during that period, there was a patient who was being managed for a chronic lung condition and he absconded during the period of the strike.

“No patient died in this hospital during the warning strike by the union in the hospital because the union that went on strike gave us waivers to manage critical care areas in the hospital like the Intensive Care Unit, Accident and Emergency.

“All these areas were functioning. We had over 200 patients on admission during that warning strike. It was a warning strike and we got waivers to do a lot of things for the patients,” he said.

Odeogahe’s remarks come less than a week after the Association of Resident Doctors at the UITH both denied being culpable in the death of the patient.

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.

UITH, Doctors Deny Involvement In Patient’s Death

The entrance of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State.

 

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.

A photo showing one of the wards at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State.

 

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.

Patient Dies In Kwara After Striking Workers Switch Off Ventilator

The entrance of the University of ilorin Teaching hospital, Kwara State.

 

A patient at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State has died following an industrial action embarked upon by health workers amidst the coronavirus disease.

Channels Television learned from a family source that the patient, Olusola Olagunju, had been on life support before the incident occurred.

The victim was said to have died after the aggrieved workers switched off the oxygen.

A friend of the deceased, Ezekiel Adewole, said the unfortunate incident occurred on Tuesday.

Adewole explained that the patient died before being evacuated to another hospital for medical attention.

The wards of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State.

 

“He was referred to UITH, Ilorin for treatment. He has been undergoing this treatment for a while. He had difficulty in breathing, that is the only issue he had.

“He was okay, very active online. He was always on online – WhatsApp, Twitter and all others. The only thing is that he could not talk frequently on phone.

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“He was using the support of oxygen. On Tuesday, we heard that the UITH went on strike. On that fateful day, they switched off their light.

“This guy was living on oxygen, electric oxygen. Immediately they switched off their light, he could not use the oxygen any longer and that was how his system collapsed.

The compound of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Teaching Hospital where a patient on life support died over the strike embarked by health workers.

 

“In the process of taking him to another hospital, he gave up. His family also sought the assistance of an ambulance, but they were denied because the drivers were also on strike,” he said.

But reacting, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the medical facility registered its displeasure over the situation that cost the patient’s life.

NARD Chairman, Lanre Oloshunde, however insisted that as medical practitioners, patients owe them the respect as they perform their duties.

“We have suspended the strike. The strike was informed from a security situation that happened at the hospital in which one of our doctors was assaulted on duty.

 

“Since then, the management of the hospital has been able to respond with some security measures. At least to some extent, that has guaranteed the safety of our members being able to work.

“We heard that our security was not guaranteed then, that is why we had to go on strike. Thankfully, there has been some security improvements so far in this regard,” he said.

While praying that the situation does not repeat itself again, Oloshunde advised members of the public against attacking health workers.

Resident Doctors Strike In Ilorin Over Non-Implementation Of New Salary Scale

Resident DoctorsAbout 12 federal and teaching hospitals in Nigeria have allegedly flouted court injunction and the directive of the Ministry of Health for the implementation of the new salary scale for resident doctors.

The President, Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Adegboyega Faponle, while fielding question from journalists in Ilorin, said that this was the reason they embarked on an industrial action.

Mr Faponle explained that the hospital management was yet to yield to their demand for implementation of the new salary scale.

For almost two weeks the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has been without the services of the resident doctors which the hospital management admits has had an effect on the hospital.

However, the Head of Personnel and Training (UITH), Surajudeen Lawal, explained that the insistence of the doctors not to accept the criteria set by the Federal Ministry of Health in the implementation of the new salary structure but insisting on the one set by the Nigerian Medical Association has been responsible for the non-implementation.

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The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) is set to start performing cosmetic surgery and kidney transplant.
The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, while speaking at a press conference in Ilorin on Tuesday said UITH had the capacity to match the development which will take effect from June.
Prof. Olatinwo said, “We are already working with some institutions outside the country so that people can go for training on cosmetic surgery. We have the capacity, manpower, two consultants and we believe that within a very short time, people can even come in for cosmetics training.”
According to him, “About renal care and kidney transplant, we believe in total quality care…I can assure you that we are almost at the state of carrying out the procedure. Investigations have been concluded. Before the end of June, we shall be able to have renal plant transmission.”
The Professor disclosed that because of the improved health care, many foreigners had been coming to Nigeria for medical attention, adding that the number of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical attention had reduced.