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23 Jun 2018

Lekki hospital queries doctor, nurse for fighting

The Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State, has queried a medical doctor, Dr Emmanuel Okolo, and a nurse, Dorcas Adeyera, for allegedly fighting in the presence of a patient at the hospital.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Odunayo Olafisoye, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on Friday, said the duo had refused to report at the hospital to collect the queries.

Olafisoye said the hospital management had concluded investigation into the matter, adding that at the bottom of the crisis was a love affair gone sour.

Our correspondent had reported that Okolo and Adeyera had a face-off at the hospital on Monday after an accident victim was rushed into the hospital.

Adeyera had claimed that the doctor faulted her for admitting the patient without his consent, adding that the 35-year-old ordered her to send the patient away.

The 23-year-old said the doctor later ordered her to kneel down, but when she refused, Okolo slapped and beat her with a belt.

The police at the Elemoro division were said to have launched a manhunt for the doctor, who declined comment when contacted by our correspondent.

The managing director of the hospital told Saturday PUNCH that the hospital had investigated the matter and found the duo guilty of violating rules of the workplace and the medical profession.

He said, “As I speak, I am at the police station with the Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association. We have been waiting for both the doctor and the nurse; but they have refused to report at the station. I am at the station to write what I know about the case.

“However, as a hospital, we have concluded investigations and issued both of them queries for fighting on the premises of the hospital and in the presence of a patient, which is against the rule of the hospital. But they have not reported for duties to collect the queries.”

He said the action of the two medical workers had “adversely” affected the operation of the hospital.

Olafisoye noted that he could not tell if the duo would be dismissed for the alleged misconduct.

The managing director explained that findings of the hospital management showed that Okolo and Adeyera were lovers, adding that the fight was the climax of a bottled disagreement.

He said, “They had been going out for some time without the knowledge of the hospital. The man, about three weeks ago, went to tell the nurse that he was no longer interested in the relationship because he had seen someone he wanted to marry.

“This, however, did not go down well with the nurse. No matter how old you are as a man, when you are having an affair with a younger girl, you will lose your respect and that is the reason we don’t encourage such at the workplace.

“Ideally, when a doctor and nurses are on duty, the doctor must issue instructions, which the nurses should carry out. But the nurse had stopped respecting the doctor because of their erotic affair. What she was supposed to have done, she did not do it to the patient that was brought. It was another nurse on duty that took charge.

“When the doctor came out, he was surprised and was like, ‘Why the delay? Why didn’t you people call me to treat the patient?’ That was what triggered off the fight. They hid the love affair between them and brought up frivolous things. They had been having an affair for some time now and the other nurses know about it and can testify,” he added.

He said the nurse had given the police several addresses of the doctor, adding that he had not been found.

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