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29 Aug 2017

Empty oxygen tank: LASG rejects general hospital’s report on child’s death

The Lagos State Government has rejected a report submitted by the management of the Ikorodu General Hospital on the circumstances surrounding the death of a sick two-year-old boy, Christopher Mike-Ozugha.
This is just as the hospital invited the boy’s parents for a meeting on the incident.

The meeting, it was learnt, would hold on Tuesday (today).

The boy, who was the only child of the family, had been referred from a private hospital, Olive Clime, due to abnormal breathing.

He died at the general hospital after he was allegedly placed on an oxygen tank, which had run out of oxygen.

His parents had blamed the death on the non-chalant attitude of the medical workers at the government facility.

“He could walk and talk at the time we got to the general hospital around 1am on Sunday, August 20. They first complained that we went to a private hospital before coming to the hospital when things were getting out of hands.

“A doctor told one of the nurses to place Christopher on oxygen. The nurse said the oxygen tank they had was faulty, and we should not disturb her.

“Later, another nurse came and I begged her. She followed me to the Accident and Emergency Ward, where we got an oxygen tank. After 30 minutes, the nurse came back to check and said there was no oxygen in the tank. She quickly connected him to the central oxygen.

“After some minutes, it started blinking and I rushed to call the first nurse. She said I should leave her alone. She told me to put it off and switch it on again. I did so and it started working again.

“After a while, my child started behaving funny. I ran back to her. She said I should leave her alone.

“Later, the second nurse said the degree of the oxygen was low. By that time, my baby was no longer responding. Something was coming out of his mouth. I was sent out of the ward because I was panicky,” Christopher’s mother, Esther Mike-Ozugha, had told PUNCH Metro.

But an official at the general hospital said the child had severe bronchopneumonia and malaria, which killed him, adding that he was brought in a bad condition.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, had on Thursday, promised to investigate the case.

Idris, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone on Monday, said the hospital had submitted its report on the case.

The commissioner, however, said he rejected the report because it did not address the issues raised by the parents.

He said, “I have got a report from the hospital which I rejected. I have asked for a full investigation into the case. When I read the report, I discovered that it did not address the complaints. I have asked the Health Service Commission to carry out full investigations into it.”

Idris asked our correspondent to call back for a comprehensive report “towards the end of the week.”

Meanwhile the mother of the deceased said the hospital had scheduled a meeting with her on Tuesday.

“They said they needed my presence, but they didn’t tell me what the meeting was all about. I will get back to you after the meeting,” she added.

Source: PUNCH

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