The former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has called on the Ministry of Health to take action against the leaders of Maitama General Hospital following the death of Greatness Olorunfemi.
Saraki alleges that the hospital leadership violated the law by refusing to admit Olorunfemi, who required immediate medical attention. Olorunfemi was a victim of robbery and was thrown out of a vehicle on the Maitama-Kubwa expressway in Abuja.
Although she was spotted and taken to Maitama General Hospital, she sadly passed away as medical staff allegedly refused her admission due to a lack of a police report. S
araki strongly criticized this situation and reminded medical personnel of their main responsibility, which is to save lives.
In a signed statement, he expressed his deep sadness upon learning of the tragic death of Greatness Olorunfemi. The young woman had been robbed and then forcibly pushed out of a moving car by criminals. Fortunately, she was rescued by kind strangers. However, when she sought medical help at the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja, she was denied treatment.
This distressing incident serves as a stark reminder of the significance of the law that was created, passed, and approved by the President during the tenure of the 8th National Assembly.
This legislation was designed to safeguard Nigerians who have suffered from acts of violence. Nevertheless, there remains a need for further action to ensure that this law is strictly implemented.
Furthermore, he strongly urges the Ministry of Health to take appropriate measures against the leaders of Maitama General Hospital for their violation of the law.
Their refusal to admit a person in dire need of medical attention contradicts the very principles and ethics of their profession.
Addressing all hospitals, it is crucial to remember the Hippocratic Oath you have taken. Your foremost duty is to save lives, and it is imperative that you do not turn away individuals in need. Upholding the dignity of your profession and abiding by the law is of utmost importance.
Expressing concern over the situation, Saraki emphasized that the Federal Government must not tolerate such incidents. He urged the Nigerian government to take a firm stance against these injustices.
The Federal Ministry of Health, along with its Hospital Management Board, should conduct a thorough investigation into this case and ensure that justice is swiftly served upon the culprits.
Furthermore, it is essential for everyone to raise awareness about the law and its provisions. It is important that all Nigerians are made aware of the existence of this law, which will further ensure adherence to it.
In offering his condolences to the family and friends of Greatness Olorunfemi, Saraki expressed his deepest sympathies. The loss experienced by the family is immeasurable, and he extended his thoughts and prayers to them during this challenging period.