The family of a Lassa Fever patient, Sa’ad Baba Lawal, who died last weekend at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Keffi, have raised an allegation indicting the federal medical center and a Nasarawa State Government- owned Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia.
The father of the deceased, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Lawal, in an interview with journalists, alleged that the Lafia Specialist Hospital medical team poorly handled their son- Saad Baba Lawal, who before seeking medical attention only complained of headache and fever.
Narrating his ordeal, Alhaji Baba who did not hid his frustration, said that at the DASH, “there was negligence from the doctors attending to the late Saad, whom they left without the necessary medicines as he was no longer eating.”
According to him, “after 2 to 3 days, in that condition, we demanded that they should give us a referral letter to take our son for more attention at the FMC Keffi, but unknown to us that the DASH hospital medical team have already carried out a test and took the sample to Ibadan for further investigation
“It was when we were at FMC Keffi that the Chief Medical Director of DASH, Lafia, Dr Yakubu Ashuku, called me on phone explaining to me that the sample of the test conducted at Ibadan shows that Sa’ad was infected with Lassa fever, as dictated at Ibadan”
He further noted that what surprised him most was that the referral letter issued them did not indicate that the deceased was suffering from Lassa fever.
Baba Lawal also alleged that the same neglect played out while at the FMC Keffi, as according to him, both nurses and the doctors pay no attention to his late son.
He alleged that the FMC Keffi claim that they have no drugs, which made him to contact one Doctor Ibrahim that offered to supply the drugs for the treatment of the victim, “but even at this point, the doctors refused going into the room for the needed attention which prompted one of my son to volunteer to attend to his brother.
”One of my son summoned the courage and got dressed in the kits so as to give their brother the medicine but met him in mess, laying on his faeces and urine without strength.”
Alhaji Baba Lawal also alleged that the management of the FMC offered to give any doctor the sum of 1.5 million naira for attending to the patient which resulted in an argument with some of the nurses who were demanding to be given same offer.
However, when contacted, the Chief Medical Director of the FMC, Keffi, Dr Joshua Ndom Giyan, debunked the allegations, saying that the deceased deserved to be respected and treated as a patient without relegation by anybody.
He described as unfortunate the situation where the patient was referred to the FMC by the DASH without disclosing on the referral letter the true status of the patient until after some days.
The Dr Giyan revealed that before the true health status of the late patient was disclosed to his facility, already about 60 medical personel have attended to the patient.
”It is an act of ingratitude for anybody making such an allegation that we did not give attention to the victim, while a team of doctors from the federal ministry of health led by a senior director came with drugs and vaccine and other equipments for the case as we were short of the equipments,” he added.
While debunking the issue of a promise made to give any that N1.5 million for treating the patient, Dr Giyan said that no offer was made to give any doctor money for attending to the patient.