Medical Negligence in The Nigerian Healthcare Sector
By Jude Chukwuemeka
Morning Crossfire takes a look at the sad story Moradeun Balogun, the lady who lost her life due to a hospital’s (R.Jolad) refusal to do give her timely treatment. The hospital has since refuted claims that it refused to treat Moradeun.
Hosts on the show played back an audio of eyewitness account of the incident. Also, Lagos State Governor at a tech event held yesterday referred to Moradeun and told all in attendance to do a full minute silence in her honor.
While it couldn’t be proved that R.Jolad refused treatment and requested police report before treating her, callers on the show confirms that R.Jolad is actually a place where medical negligence is rife. The thought that she was examined outside of the hospital met a total condemnation from some listeners.
The hospital has since released a note on its code of conduct on social media.
During the show, Wemimo read a summary from Nigeria’s gunshot Act. “Section One of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act also mandates hospitals to receive and treat victims of gunshot wounds with or without police clearance and with or without initial deposit, a five-year jail term or N500,000 fine or both for any authority or person whose omission results in the unnecessary death of a gunshot victim.
In addition, the violation of the law attracts a fine of N100,000 or a jail term of six months or both. Aside this law, the FG in 2017 enacted the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act which provides in Section 11.
Also, Sheriff refers to section 20 of the National Health Act, 2014, which clearly states that a healthcare provider; health worker or establishment shall not refuse a person on emergency treatment for any reason. In the Nigeria constitution, the right to life is a constitutional right which is catered for in Section 33(1).
Chike Steven comments on Facebook: Some of those hospitals are blood-suckling demons. They are in occult societies. Because I don't see any reason why they can't offer FIRST AID TREATMENT JUST TO SAVE LIFE of an emergency patient... And the hospital management should be arrested for going contrary to the law as read by @wemimospot.
One of the callers who was robbed recently at Oshodi said policemen were standing around in the vicinity, yet they do nothing to protect honest individuals. He also said that the hoodlums are young men smoking pot and that’s not something unknown to police.
Another caller recounts a situation in which a man died in the hospital while being treated but those who brought him fled. After taking the body to police station, the police were just asking for money, and the doctor spent up to 50,000 naira at the station. The caller says he regrets that the law doesn’t guarantee protection for hospitals when this kind of incident happens.
Spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, joins the show and speaks briefly about the Moradeun saga, saying that even before the death of the lady, police have been putting up efforts to boost security in Lagos State. “The Commissioner of Police just took over about two weeks ago and we noticed a link between the traffic situation. Quite a number of situations like the one Moradeun found herself have been reported. Snatching of phones, attacking people and taking money from them has also been noted. There’s an additional request for 1,000 policemen in Lagos.100 additional motorcycles given to police for patrolling without traffic hindrance. Also, a strike force has been formed to fight organized crime in Lagos and take the battle to the domain of those gangs. We are targeting most especially the areas that have been affected by the activities of these criminal gangs.
“Yesterday, the strike force arrested 24 suspects from the Gbagada axis and before that, about 50 boys have been arrested.” He gave numbers of Lagos police control rooms, saying that anyone in distress should call those numbers.
Four Police control rooms contacts in Lagos