LAUTECH, politician bicker over alleged assault on doctor
The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, has accused an upcoming politician in Oyo State, one Mr. Femi Onireti, of assaulting a medical doctor at the Accident and Emergency Unit (A&E) of the hospital.
The hospital said the doctor (name withheld) was beaten by security aides of Onireti, while attending to a patient known to the politician.
The hospital in a statement said it was uncharitable for anyone to threaten or bully medical personnel in the line of duty.
LAUTECH added that such attitude was ‘’capable of putting the lives of medical staff members 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.
The statement said: “The politician was commanding the doctors to place his patient on oxygen and also instructed that he should be taken to Intensive Care Unit.
‘’The politician, with the help of his assailants descended on a medical doctor, a staff of the hospital, thinking the doctor was recording their devilish displays at the A&E section of the hospital.
‘’Owing to the assault by Mr. Onireti and his aides, the doctors at the hospital have embarked on indefinite strike until an apology is tendered to the hospital.’ ’
But Onireti, in a statement signed by his media aide, Olawoyin Idris, denied the allegation.
According to him, he received a distress call from the Vice-Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government, Adijat Aremu, that the Osupa Ward PDP chairman, Olatunde Iyanda, was ill and was transferred to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital (LTH).
“As he checked on him later, Onireti was said to have found the patient in much discomfort, particularly having difficulty breathing, allegedly calling the attention of the doctor on duty to this and requested that he be placed on oxygen.
‘’But there was no prompt response; obviously, the doctor on duty was overwhelmed with other patients. So, Onireti, already agitated over the deteriorating condition of his patient, requested that he 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 the patient to be taken to the Bowen University Teaching Hospital (BUTH),’’ the statement stated.
The statement added that “Surely, 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.’’