Recently, Legit.ng shared the story of a woman who took to her Instagram page to lament about a sad situation. According to her, the twin baby of her cousin had died because of the negligence and greediness of a doctor who worked at a general hospital in Igando. This medical practitioner referred the sick child to her own private clinic where the girl was transfused with the wrong kind of blood, which ultimately led to her death.
Well, it has been reported that the private hospital of the doctor whose name is Joy has been shut down by the Lagos state government. The clinic called HJ Clairoowen was closed following the death of the twin girl who was only 15-month-old.
The late 15-month-old girl was called Taye. The parents of the dead child pointed an accusing finger at Joy, stating that the doctor claimed Taye was in need of blood and oxygen. She had added that there was no bed space in the general hospital, and so, she referred them to her private clinic.
Beyond the controversy generated by the referral, it was also alleged that blood was infused into the baby without any proper screening or check up. The child’s father, Adeola Adetunji, went on to say that they were made to bury Taye on doctor’s recommendation without an autopsy whatsoever.
It was gathered that The Nation had earlier reported the closure of the private clinic, and then, the news was later confirmedin a rehoinder by Mrs. Adeola Salako, the director of public affairs within the ministry of health.
See parts of the rejoinder below:
“For the purpose of clarity, it is important to mention that safety of lives and the wellbeing of citizens is of utmost importance to the Lagos State government and as such the avoidable death of the 15-month-old baby, Taiwo Adetunji is regrettable. We commiserate with the bereaved family and pray that God will comfort and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Since the report of the unfortunate incidence, the commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris has ordered investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of the child as well as allegations of patients poaching by doctors from general hospitals to their private clinics.
“It is also worthy to note that the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) has shut the private hospital – HJ Clairoowen Medical Centre and Maternity where the child died and investigations are on-going on the operations of the facility whose documents showed that it has not been registered with HEFAMAA or certified for the purpose of health care delivery.
“The ministry will make known its findings in due course and mete out appropriate sanctions to anyone found culpable in the unfortunate incident. We would like to assure citizens of our resolve to continuously address the issue of patient poaching and ensure that residents have unfettered access to quality health care service without exploitation.
“As a government, the wellbeing of citizens is of utmost importance to us and this is the main thrust of our social contract with the people. The Lagos State government is a responsible and responsive government and we will not rest on our oars to ensure that justice, in this case, is served without let or hindrances.
“In this regard, we advise members of the public not to patronize any health facility not bearing the HEFAMAA logo and to channel complaints and petitions in respect of unprofessional conducts by health care providers or health facilities to the HEFAMAA Office, Room 514 Ministry of Health, Alausa, Ikeja.
“We wish to also note that it is against the norm and highly unethical for general hospitals or any government health facilities to refer patients or cases to private health facilities. General public are therefore to take note of this and report any health worker or government facility who indulge in this unprofessional act."
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