The publication by Olumuyiwa Olayinka in Olamuyiwa’s Blog (www.olumuyiwa.com.ng) that nurses and doctors in the Central hospital, Sapele refused to attend to accident victims rushed to the hospital on Saturday, November 9, 2019 was not true.
Two patients who were knocked down by a hit and run vehicle on that fateful day were taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps on duty.
They were assessed by the Casualty Officers on duty. One was unconscious from possibly head injury while the other had an extensive crush injury on his legs and Intravenous Infusion was set up for both patients.
However, due to the degree of injuries sustained, the relatives of the victims were counselled on the need for urgent referral to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara and were subsequently conveyed in the Ministry’s ambulance to DELSUTH, Oghara for more medical care.
The doctors were not on strike and the patients were not rejected as reported by Olumuyiwa. They were only referred to a nearby government tertiary hospital that has a better capacity to offer the extensive care the patients needed at that particular time.
The one with the crushed injuries was accepted and managed at DELSUTH, Oghara while the other patient with head injury was also stabilized and referred to University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin but unfortunately was declared dead on arrival.
The patient with the head injury was referred since the only neuro-surgeon in DELSUTH was on study leave.
Let it be placed on record here that at the time the video in Olamuyiwa’s Blog was shot there was an argument between the Casualty Officers and the Officials of FRSC who were insisting that the patients must be managed at the Central Hospital.
It was at that point, that the attention of the Zonal Medical Director, Central Hospital Sapele, Dr. Ogbmidi Benedict was drawn to the matter.
He had to counsel again on the need for the referral and instructed that they should be referred to DELSUTH, Oghara and fortunately his intervention sorted out the disagreement.
Again it should be placed on record that the orthopaedic surgeon attached to the hospital was on annual leave which made the need for urgent referral expedient.
It is unfortunate that the other patient died on arrival at the Teaching Hospital, Benin.
It is pertinent to reiterate the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Administration to zero tolerance on poor quality medical care services to Deltans and non-Deltans alike in government owned medical facilities.
This was what led to the removal of two Medical Directors within one week in two different General hospitals in the State just last month.
On the issue of DELSUTH having only one nuero-surgeon, Governor Okowa has graciously approved for the employment of more medical staff which was envident in the newspaper advert of last month for the employment of two neuro-surgeons and other medical staff.