Close sub­stan­dard pri­vate hos­pi­tals, Kaduna res­i­dents cry out

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Res­i­dents of Kaduna State have called on the state gov­ern­ment to look into the ac­tiv­i­ties of pri­vate hos­pi­tals with a view to clamp­ing down on those that are sub-stan­dard.

They lament that many of the cases of death in some pri­vate hos­pi­tals, are caused by the neg­li­gence and non­cha­lant at­ti­tude of some med­i­cal and health work­ers.

They also al­leged that some doc­tors are in the habit of re­fer­ring pa­tients from pub­lic hos­pi­tals to their pri­vate hos­pi­tals for ‘self­ish in­ter­est’.

“Some of the pri­vate hos­pi­tals lack equip­ment for han­dling dif­fi­cult cases, yet doc­tors lure pa­tients to pa­tro­n­ise them. We have had cases where doc­tors and health work­ers aban­don their places of pri­mary as­sign­ment in pub­lic hos­pi­tals for their pri­vate hos­pi­tals or chemists,” Rahila res­i­dent said.

Mrs Zainab Musa, an­other res­i­dent said she lost her first and sec­ond ba­bies in one of the pri­vate hos­pi­tals in Kaduna.

Nar­rat­ing her ordeal, she said: “Hav­ing lost my first baby in the process of de­liv­ery, the doc­tor ad­vised in my file that I should be given spe­cial at­ten­tion next time. When I be­came preg­nant the sec­ond time after about four years, the doc­tor again hav­ing known my his­tory noted on my file that a doc­tor must be on ground on my day of de­liv­ery.

“When labour started and I was taken to the hos­pi­tal, the baby was not forth­com­ing and I was in se­vere pain. My hus­band told one of the nurses at­tend­ing to me to please in­vite the doc­tor but in­stead of call­ing the doc­tor, she be­came un­nec­es­sar­ily ag­i­tated and asked if my hus­band was in­sin­u­at­ing that she was not com­pe­tent enough to at­tend to Ibrahim, a me.

“At the end, I ran out of strength and could not push any longer. It was then that re­al­ity dawned on her and she alerted a doc­tor. Even­tu­ally, I lost the baby and it also took God’s help for me to sur­vive.”

Sal­isu Ibrahim (not real name) said he lost his wife dur­ing child­birth in a pri­vate hos­pi­tal.

“My wife was sched­uled for cae­sarean sec­tion in a pri­vate hos­pi­tal. After the op­er­a­tion, she was wheeled to the ward, and the health worker told her younger sis­ter who was with her to mon­i­tor a ma­chine that was con­nected to her in case it starts giv­ing sig­nal. Per­haps the ma­chine started giv­ing sig­nal and the sis­ter did not no­tice, even­tu­ally my wife died.

“My prob­lem is, how can a hos­pi­tal ask my wife’s sis­ter who is not a health worker to mon­i­tor a med­i­cal equip­ment at­tached to some­one bat­tling for his or her life? It is quite dis­heart­en­ing be­cause that is what we see in to­day’s hos­pi­tals, after pay­ing huge sums of money,” he lamented.

Mr. Ben­son Samuel, an­other res­i­dent said in one par­tic­u­lar case a preg­nant woman in labour was rushed to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal, her con­di­tion be­came crit­i­cal and she needed to be op­er­ated upon but the op­er­a­tion could not com­mence be­cause there was no catheter.

“Be­fore work­ers of the hos­pi­tal could run round to buy one, she had died. Some of the deaths recorded in hos­pi­tals can be pre­vented if those in­volved take their work se­ri­ously,” he said.

The res­i­dents said it was nec­es­sary for the Kaduna State gov­ern­ment to act now by beam­ing its search­light on the op­er­a­tions of pri­vate hos­pi­tals in the state with a view to clos­ing down those that are not ca­pa­ble of ren­der­ing health ser­vices.

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