ATBUTH probes death of two pa­tients re­jected by doc­tors

The Punch - - NEWS - Am­strong Bakam, Bauchi

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

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