Joint Action Committee, JAC, on Edo State Hospital Management Board, has faulted the comments credited to Governor Adams Oshiomhole that his late Principal Private Secretary, Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde, died due to doctor’s nonchalance at Benin Central Hospital.
The Committee, through its chairman, Dr. Paul Eighemhenrio, explained that what delayed the opening of the emergency unit when the late Oyerinde was brought to the hospital was the incessant robbery incidents at the hospital, adding that the uncompleted hospital complex in the hospital premises had become a haven for robbers, who operate in the hospital without any resistance from security agencies.
The governor had, at the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, national health summit in Asaba, Delta State, last Monday, alleged that the doctor on duty on the day of the incident did not open the hospital door for about 30 minutes.
Eighemhenro, said: “It is not true that the doctor came out with the nurse, when the patient was brought. The nurse and the doctor were scared of opening the door because they thought they were robbers. But when the nurse realised that it was a patient, she came out to open the iron protector and she walked with Rev.Ugolor to the doctor’s room. It was not as if the doctor and the nurse were together when Rev.Ugolor came.
“The truth is that health workers in this hospital have been working under poor condition. Robbers come here every day and steal from patients, doctors and nurses. We know how many times doctors have been beaten up in this hospital. Besides, the hospital complex that is being built now serves as a hiding place for robbers who terrorize people in the hospital at night but nobody has done anything about that.”