The failure of the staff of the National Hospital, Abuja, to respond promptly to Sunday Tsado, a photographer, who was shot by armed robbers, led to his death.
According to a witness, Tsado was not given medical attention because he was poor.
The witness, who narrated what happened on the unfortunate day, described the victim as a calm and hardworking fellow.
“Sunny was unfortunately attacked and shot by armed robbers at his home, Lugbe in Abuja in the early hours of 2nd May, 2016,” he said.
“He was immediately taken to the national hospital, Abuja. He arrived at the hospital, bleeding and in severe pain at about 2:30am. He was denied the required urgent medical care including blood transfusion to save his life.
“Even without initial assessment, his family and friends were told to provide blood for transfusion because there was none available.
“However, while the struggle to ensure he gets the emergency medical attention was ongoing, Sunny’s other friends and well-wishers were trying to reach his elder brother who works as a security man at the same national hospital.
“They were able to contact his brother at about 5.30am, when he immediately found his way to the accident and emergency unit of the hospital. The brother upon arrival, angrily cried out to the health workers asking if they knew the patient was his brother.
“That was ONLY when two pints of blood were immediately released to be transfused to poor Sunny. Other forms of treatment were also started at the same time. Unfortunately, the golden opportunity Sunny had to be saved, was over. Sunny died at about 8.00am.”
The witness wondered why it took the intervention of the brother for the deceased to get attention, lamenting the fate of those who do not have relatives as hospital staff.
He called on the authorities to probe the incident and make the hospital accept responsibility for the victim, whom he said had been buried.
“Sunny only received treatment from 5.30am, only because of the brother; 150 minutes later. Is this the first of such cases? Unfortunately No,” he said.
“This is one of the commonest, unacceptable and unethical practices experienced by most Nigerians.
“Sunny would probably be alive if he were brought in an SUV or some exotic car. We have imagined that Sunny would probably be alive if he had influential people take him to the hospital. Perhaps he would have received the required medical care at the golden hour, if the health care providers had earlier cue he was a relation to one of their staff.
“But should medical attention be discharged on such standard? If Sunny didn’t have a brother working at the hospital, he would probably NOT receive the attention he got about 150 minutes later. It’s more painful that the same blood that wasn’t available earlier, became available because he changed status from being an ‘ordinary’ patient to a staff’s relative.
“Just as Sunday Tsado has been laid to rest, 6 feet beneath the earth, today 6th May, 2016, we hope the National Hospital would accept responsibility for Sunny’s death. We want justice! We hope to get such wrongs corrected to reduce future occurrences.”
TheCable made attempts to reach the hospital, but calls to Tayo Haastrup, its spokesman, were not answered as of the time of filing this report.
Response to the text message sent to his telephone is still being awaited.
Last week, Isaac Adewole, minister of health, directed doctors to treat emergencies, including gunshot injuries, without requesting for police clearance or other restraints.
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