A Nigerian mother has lamented the ugly experience she had at Lagos General hospital Ikorodu where she took her 9-months old baby for treatment due to difficulty in breathing.
Unfortunately, she lost the baby because the only doctor on duty abandoned the baby and went to go and pray, after keeping her waiting for several hours.
Her words below:
“My son had an attack around 3am in the morning on the 19th of July,2019. we got to General hospital Ikorodu around 3:30am, rushed to the emergency room and had my mom fill form for my son cos he needs to be attended to immediately… Unfortunately for us, the doctor wasn’t on
seat or in his office and what the nurse said then was “I can do nothing to him unless the doctor is here” (in Yoruba) tho after helping with oxygen.
Called his line it was switched off, checked his office he wasn’t there, nobody knows his whereabout.
When he was later
Found around 5am, he wasn’t emotional, no sign of emergency act through him, he wasn’t audible enough when he started asking question, no first aid treatment except from the one given from the nurse, the worst part of it was that he kept insisting he wants to go pray (as a Muslim
All of this was around 5:30am cos I kept checking the time. He wrote all what to get… Ran to get them and got back. He told me to get another stuffs, went to get them… During this period he was already at the mosque..
He got back around after 6 and my son was already weak…
He kept attending to other people (tho I’m not really against that but those people are not even emergency cases cos they were only complaining about headache or body pain) During this period my son couldn’t breath fine again and he said he will need to transfer us to ikeja cos
there’s no bed to admit him.. to cut the long story short… I lost my son around 10am in the morning… No treatment given, no first aid except from oxygen given, all items bought was wasted, no effort shown at all, even at his death bed no emotion at all… I’m not writing this
cos I feel I should write it… I already promised the doctor I’m gonna file a petition against him for incompetency… I don’t know his name but I know they will surely search for his name through their register… He was on night shift and he’s a muslim… If we don’t do this,
they won’t take government work serious. They feel government can’t do nothing to them that’s why they keep wasting lives … Please kindly help repost this till the government see this
ps: my son was just 9 month 2 days then… I’m pained right now.”