A Nigerian mother has taken to Twitter to recount how the “incompetence and negligence” of a general hospital doctor in Lagos led to the death of her son.
In a series of heart-rending tweets on Tuesday, Gucci Oyin, the disgruntled lady, narrated that the incident occurred some months ago at the General Hospital Ikorodu.
“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,” she wrote.
“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) though after helping with oxygen. Called his line but it was switched off, checked his office he wasn’t there, nobody knows his whereabout.”
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
— Oyin Gucci (@GucciOyin) November 5, 2019
“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 questions, 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. I 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.”
She also revealed that despite the dire state of her son’s condition, the doctor chose to attend to other patients with not too serious ailments leaving the less than one-year-old boy with no first aid except the oxygen administered by the nurse earlier.
“He kept attending to other people (though I’m not really against that but those people are not even emergency cases cos they were only complaining about headache or body pain),” the lady added.
“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.”
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
— Oyin Gucci (@GucciOyin) November 5, 2019
She vowed to file a petition against the doctor for “incompetency” and implored the government to investigate the issue.
“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,” she wrote.
“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 Thank you ps: my son was just 9 month 2 days then… I’m pained right now and heart broken as well.”
Responding to the thread, Jubril Gawat, senior special assistant to the Lagos state governor on new media, said he had relayed the issue to the state health commissioner.
He assured that an investigation is ongoing.
“So sorry about this. Already sent your thread to the Lagos Commissioner of Health and he assured that the issue is being investigated as we speak,” he wrote.
So sorry about this 😢😢 … Already sent your thread to the Lagos Commissioner of Health and he assured that the issue is being investigated as we speak 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/0XHKF4iTr9
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) November 7, 2019
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