The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu, on Monday, warned against attacks on workers at the hospital after a father who lost his child over alleged negligence beat up a doctor.
Our correspondent gathered that the aggrieved father hit the doctor on the head with a chair after losing his 15-month-old daughter.
A statement issued by the Head of Public Relations and Information of the hospital, Segun Orisajo, indicated that the incident happened around 12am on Friday at the Children Emergency Room of the hospital.
The statement read, “The 15-month-old toddler was rushed to the Children Emergency Room by her parents on Friday, March 12, 2021, at about 8pm.
“On presentation, the baby had a history of severe fever of one month, weight loss of one month, irritability, and loss of head control.
“On evaluation at the centre, the baby was immediately taken in and necessary medical attention commenced.
“On complaints by the parents that they were financially challenged, the management waived all the laboratory investigation bills as well as emergency medications.
“However, at about 12 midnight, the baby passed on, barely four hours after arriving at the centre.
“On hearing about the death of his daughter, his father threw caution to the wind and beat to a pulp the medical staff who attended to his daughter, citing delay in treatment.
“The enraged man hit the doctor on the head several times with a chair before help could come his way.
“The medical director sympathised with the bereaved family, while at the same time attributing the loss of the toddler to very late presentation.
“No doubt, we tried our best to save the toddler’s life although the situation would have been a different one if she had been presented early.”
According to the statement, the attack is the fourth on staff of the hospital in recent times.
The hospital management warned that henceforth, the law would take its full course against anyone caught assaulting a hospital worker.