The management of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-aba, Abeokuta Ogun State has warned that it would no longer tolerate assault and unprovoked attacks on its staff by clients to the hospital.
Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu,
the Institution’s Medical Director, handed down the warning while reacting to the latest physical attack on a Medical staff of the center by parents of a toddler.
The hospital in a statement signed by Head of Public Relations and Information, Segun Orisajo said, “A 15 months old toddler was rushed to the Children Emergency Room (CHER) by her parents on Friday 12th March 2021 at about 8.00 pm.
“On presentation, the baby had a history of severe fever of one month, weight loss of one month, irritability, and loss of head control.
The statement added that ” On evaluation at the Centre, the baby was immediately taken in and necessary medical attention commenced.
He said 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 midnight the baby passed on barely four hours after arriving at the Centre.
“On hearing about the death of his daughter, her father threw caution to the wind and beat to a pulp the Medical staff who attended to her 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.”
Speaking on this unfortunate incident, the Medical Director sympathized with the bereaved family and attributed the loss of the toddler to late presentation.
“Something should have told the parents that keeping a baby that was losing weight with a sustained high temperature at home for a whole month was a dangerous thing to do by any parent.
” No doubt, we tried our best to save the toddler’s life although the situation would have been a different one if she had presented early,” the Medical Director said.
Prof.Musa-Olomu disclosed that the latest attack and assault will be the fourth on his staff in recent times.
He, therefore, warned in strong terms that henceforth, the law would be allowed to take its full course on anyone caught assaulting or assaulting any of his staff.