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Nigeria: Confusion as patient disappears in Hospital, Nurses arrested in OOUTH by katty : October 16, 2016, 03:47:19 PM
There was confusion at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH),  Sagamu, Ogun State as a-40-year-old  patient  suffering from heart problems allegedly disappeared from the hospital.

The patient,  Ajarat Muritala, mother of four, was reported to have been admitted at the hospital for heart related problems and was due for heart surgery on Tuesday,  but her whereabouts were unknown the following day .

A brother -in-law, identified as Taofeek Muritala, told our correspondent  that the hospital management  had  asked the family to provide N1.5 million for the surgery and they were making efforts to get the money when  they saw her bed vacant .

The state government, through the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, said it was a case of abscondment.

The commissioner alleged that the family was trying to play smart on the management of OOUTH, saying the patient was admitted into the Accident and Emergency Ward.

According to him, the hospital could not have asked the family to pay N1.5 million for surgery as the patient was required to pay  admission fee which he said is  not up to N10,000.

He narrated: “The patient had been stabilised. Around 1:30 pm on Wednesday,  the patient said she wanted to go to the bathroom; some family members were there at that time.

“At 2:pm when the  nurses could not see her,  they told their head. They went outside and did not see the woman and the family members.

“Those who know the woman alleged that the patient had psychiatric problem and was not brought to the hospital by her husband.  We learnt that she was brought to the hospital by a Muslim cleric. They said her husband was at Odoogbolu  and the patient had been seen in the area.

” It is a case of  abscondment and government has begun moves to investigate the issue. The DSS is aware of the matter. I have also asked them to look for the husband”.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that some OOUTH nurses were arrested over the issue but released.

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Source : Vanguard Newspaper

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