CCECC, doctor bicker over treatment of injured worker
The Medical Director of Best Medical Centre in Ketu-Ijanikin, Dr. Martins Udobi, is seeking justice over what he called “unfair treatment” by CCECC, a Chinese construction firm. According to Udobi, the firm brought one of its workers that was almost disabled due to a severe accident incurred during active engagement with the company.
The doctor claimed that after successfully treating the patient, the firm has refused to pay his bill to the tune of N2,890,500. Udobi is, therefore, calling on human rights group and the Lagos State government to prevail on the firm to pay for his service of bringing the patient, whose leg was almost amputated, back to life.
According to Udobi: “On October 2, 2017, a man called Ezechukwu brought a boy, Ifeanyi Joshua Ofobu. The boy was almost dead and he told me that three doctors have rejected him and he is now on the verge of amputation. They asked if I can fix the leg, I said yes, I could fix it but that it is a hard job. When I considered the cost implication, I advised them to go to Igbobi or Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
“The mother of the boy insisted that if I can fix it, there was no point going to those hospitals. I told them I won’t agree unless they give me their words in writing, which they did and gave me N300,000, promising to bring additional money as the treatment progresses.
“When we started, the first time we touched the boy, we extracted one bottle full of maggot. I called and told them that I didn’t know that the boy’s bone were broken and that we would require the services of an orthopedic doctor and they said I should go ahead. I transfused the boy four pints of blood. I spent a lot on anti-biotic. The N300,000 didn’t last a week.
“When I complained, the family insisted that I should continue with the treatment as the Chinese are very good people. I kept on borrowing money to effect the treatment. They asked me to bring the final bill, which I gave them. Later, they said the N2,890,500 bill was too much. I reduced it to N2.5 million. Since then, I have not heard anything from them.”
Spokesman of CCECC, one Kelvin told The Guardian that his company refused to pay the doctor for several reasons. He referred the reporter to one Obioma, who noted that the doctor did not do his work well.
“He almost killed the patient. If not for our quick intervention of taking the young man to another hospital, it would have turn to something else. The new hospital we took him to is doing a good job.
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