LAUTECH hospital decries assault on medic, demands apology
The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, has accused an upcoming politician in Oyo State, Mr. Femi Onireti, of assaulting a medical doctor at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit of the hospital.
The hospital said the doctor (names withheld) was beaten by the security aides of Onireti while attending to a patient known to the politician.
It said it was uncharitable for anyone to threaten or bully medical personnel in the line of duty, adding that such attitude is ‘’capable of putting the lives of medical staff in jeopardy.’’
The hospital, while warning and imploring the politician and other members of the community to desist from interfering in the protocol involving patient management, maintained that Onireti should apologise to the hospital and the victim.
MEANWHILE, Onireti has denied the allegation, saying he received a distress call from the Vice-Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Council, Adijat Aremu, that the Osupa Ward PDP Chairman, Olatunde Iyanda, was ill.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Olawoyin Idris, Onireti said Iyanda was restless and he decided the patient should be transferred to LAUTECH teaching hospital.
He said as he checked on him later, he found the patient in much discomfort, particularly having difficulty in breathing.
He said he called the attention of the doctor on duty to this and requested that he be placed on oxygen.
‘’There was no prompt response as the doctor on duty was overwhelmed with other patients. So, already agitated over the deteriorating condition of the patient, Onireti requested that the patient be put in the private ICU so he could receive intensive care.
‘’However, the doctor spurned this request, saying their private ICU was not functional and he advised that the patient be taken to the Bowen University Teaching Hospital (BUTH),’’ the statement stated.
The statement added that a ruckus erupted and was settled. So, it is a rude shock to us to be confronted with the allegation that Femi Onireti beat up a doctor or that a doctor was beaten up on his order.’’