Fct HHSS, Asokoro Hospital, To Investigate Kafayat’s death
22 February 2019 News
The FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat in collaboration with the management team of the Asokoro District Hospital has set aside two weeks to investigate the alleged negligence that was said to have led to the death of a patient, Kafayat Abdulazeez.
The Managing Director, Asokoro District Hospital, Doctor Uchenna Afioma who gave this assurance while responding to a protest by an Advocacy group on behalf of the late Kafayat Abdulazeez; described the demise of Kafayat as a painful death.
The Medical Director, who is also the Chief Consultant Paediatrician extended her condolences to the family and friends of the late Kafayat.
Dr Afioma however maintained that Kafayat was seen and treated according to the ethics of emergency care.
“The hospital attended to Kafayat Abdulazee on the 14th of February 2019 at 13.00 hours at the accident and emergency units. She was seen by the senior medical doctor on duty and was examined and treated according to the ethical guidelines for emergency. She was also attended to within an hour of admission by a consultant physician and another family physician who manage the Accident and Emergency Unit, all due care was instituted. 24 hours later, another consultant also reviewed her and managed her until 16th of February when she died”
Doctor Afioma further noted that the investigation billed to last for two weeks would ensure that the confidence of the residents on healthcare delivery was sustained.
“However the hospital is investigating following an inquiry by the family, the matter is under investigation by the clinical services unit of the hospital, SERVICOM and with the Health and Human Services Secretariat conducting an independent investigatio. The hospital has already communicated with the family on this case. Any identified gap would be addressed with the urgency it deserves”.
The aggrieved protesters carried placards with inscriptions: such as ‘fix our health system,’ ‘negligence killed Kafayat,’ ‘we need justice ‘, and lots more.
The Coordinator, African Center for Media and Information literacy, Mr Chido Onumah who spoke on behalf of the protesters decried the death of Kafayat and called for justice.
The group which alleged that there were no doctors in the hospital on that day, said some other health workers seen on duty were busy with their phones.
They called on government to urgently reform the healthcare system to guard against unnecessary lost of human lives in the hospitals.
” Today, we are calling for urgent action, we gathered here to seek for explanation, to seek for justice, to ask question, we need answers. We are also calling for government’s attention to the poor healthcare system in Nigeria, and request that they act swiftly to revamp our healthcare system.
Our friend died due to negligence of nurses at Asokoro Hospital.The nurses on duty must be brought to book to ensure this never happen again”.
Kafayat Abdulazeez, a 25 year old girl was said to have died of multiple complications.
By: Remi Johnson/Abuja