ATBUTH probes death of two patients rejected by doctors
TWopeoplehavereportedly died after the doctors on duty at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital’s Trauma Centre in Bauchi allegedly refused to treat them.
Our correspondent learnt that the hospital authorities had set up a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the dead of the duo.
It was learnt that one of the deceased, a young boy, who was knocked down by a bus driver on Tuesday at Buzaye village, along the Bauchi-jos Highway, was rushed to the ATBUTH by Federal Road Safety Corps officials for treatment, but he was denied treatment.
The FRSC confirmed the boy’s death, saying he would have survived if the hospital had treated him.
The Head of Operations, FRSC, Bauchi State Sector Command, Ibrahim Abubakar, told our correspondent that the bus driver, who was coming from Jos to Bauchi, knocked down the boy in an attempt to avoid hitting a motorcyclist who wrongly crossed the road.
He said, “We got a report that there was a crash at Buzaye, along the Bauchi-jos Highway about 5.30pm.
“The accident involved a bus with number plate SHD 359XA driven by one Abba Mohammed and a motorcyclist in the village. The driver was heading for Bauchi and the motorcyclist wrongly entered the road and he (Abba Mohammed) tried to avoid hitting him, but unfortunately he lost control and hit some people who were by the other side of the road. Four males and two male children were injured in the crash.”
He added, “It was as a result of that accident that a male child lost his life after he was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for treatment.
“Whenever there is an accident and we are informed about it, we go there to rescue the victims and take them to hospital for treatment.
“On getting to the scene of the accident on Tuesday, we took the six injured people to the ATBUTH. We got there and the doctors were supposed to receive them from us, but they refused and this led to the death of one of the victims, a male child.
“Six of the victims sustained varying degrees of injury. When we got to the Accident and Emergency Unit (of the hospital), they said they would not accept them at that time. They refused to accept the boy who sustained serious head injuries from us until he died.”
He said the hospital officials allegedly told the FRSC officers that they had no bed space for accident victims.
A relative of the deceased, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said when they got to the hospital, the doctor on duty told them to go to another hospital due to a lack of bed space.
He said, “Because of the critical condition of the boy, we looked around, got a bed, laid him on it but the doctor told us that he would not attend to the boy because we had crossed our boundaries by our insistence on the boy being treated.”
The middle-aged man added, “The most annoying thing was that we begged the doctor for more than 30 minutes to save the boy’s life, but he wore an earpiece, neglecting us until the boy died.”
Amos Sunday, a resident of Rafin Zurfi, Bauchi, also claimed his brother, Sunday Olaniran, who was suffering from cardiac arrest, died after the hospital denied him treatment on Monday on the ground that they had no bed space.
He said, “On our way to Ni’ima Specialist Hospital, he died as he was confirmed BID (brought in dead).
Speaking on the incident, the Chief Medical Director, ATBUTH, Dr Alkali Mohammed, said he received a report that a boy brought to the hospital was rejected by the doctor on duty, leading to his death.
He confirmed that he had set up a committee to investigate the allegation. According to him, anyone found culpable will be dealt with in accordance with the code of conduct of the medical profession.
Mohammed said efforts were on to provide another Trauma Centre as the current one was no longer big enough to contain the flow of patients on a daily basis.
He said, “I have given a standing directive that on no condition must a patient turned back by medical personnel in the hospital without offering at least First Aid to save the life of the victim or get them stabilised before sending them to another facility.”
•L-R: Assistant Head of Learning Support Staff, The Zamarr Institute, Ms Joy Esan; Chief Executive Officer, Khadeejah Katagum; and Centre Administrator, Kosamatu Raji, during a press conference in Abuja... on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Adeko