- Posted March 7, 2013 by
Avoidable death of my son
The Honorable Commissioner
Lagos State Ministry of Health
Attention: Dr. Jide Idris
PETITION: Oluwasegun Daomi Death
Sir, I am the father of the above-named person, late Oluwasegun Daomi, aged one year and a month. I write with heavy heart to report grave negligence of duty leading to the death of my son on the February 25, 2013 by the doctors/nurses at General Hospital, Ikorodu, paediatric/emergency department.
Sir, my son, late Segun Daomi, became sick on Friday February 22, 2013. He was vomiting continuously. He was immediately rushed at about 10am to a near-by clinic where he was giving primary treatment thereby became stabilized. He stopped vomiting.
On that same day, at about 6pm, he was then taken to General Hospital, Ikorodu, paediatric/emergency department for better treatment. We were not attended to until about 9.30pm. This was not without the intervention of one Dr. Idowu, whose phone number was taken from one of the numbers pasted on the walls of the hospital. My son was giving an injection and some drugs were bought for him. We were advised to come from home. We came the following day, Saturday February 21, 2013 for his injection. We were harshly and impatiently attended to by the doctor even when we complained of his rising temperature and continuous stooling. He was again giving injection to already dehydrated body with high temperature. His condition became worse gradually every hour. He became gravely weak and pale. He was again refused admission. When he was brought for his final injection on Sunday February 24, 2013 in the morning, we complained again of his deteriorating health condition but the doctor/nurses turned blind eyes to his plight!
The condition became worse at about 3.30am on Monday February 25, 2013 when we have to rush him back to hospital. There we met a friendlier doctor who patiently attended to him but it was too late. She tried all her best on my son, placed him under oxygen life support machine, administer drip on him but my son died soon after at about 5am Monday February 25, 2013.
I will love to know why the doctors that attended to him on 22, 23 and 24 of February, 2013 refused to administer drip on him knowing fully well that my late son was stooling thereby must have lost so much water, energy and strength till he died.
I will love to know whether the doctors/nurses at General Hospital, Ikorodu, paediatric/emergency department are under-qualified thereby didn’t know what best treatment my late son should have be given to avoid his death.
I will love to know maybe the doctors/nurses at General Hospital, Ikorodu, paediatric/emergency department are over-stretched and over saturated because of their harsh tendency towards patients?
I will love to know maybe the doctors/nurses at General Hospital, Ikorodu, paediatric/emergency department committed an act of negligence leading to the death of my son, Oluwasegun Daomi, on February 25, 2013.
I pray that you use your good office to unravel what went wrong that led to the death of this promising young lad. You got to know of this because, I report to you. Many of these cases happened everyday. What happened to those ones you never heard of? What happened to other victims of this official negligence that don’t know how to seek redress? These are the same doctors that went on strike for months last year demanding for increase in their pay without corresponding service delivery. I am available to testify at any committee you may deem set up to probe the nonchalant attitudes of some of the doctors/nurses in Lagos General Hospital. My son is gone but I want his death be an end to needless infant death recorded at the hospital. I strongly believe the enormous energy and resources that the Lagos State government had expended in the health sector to improve and ensure qualitative health service delivery. Bad eggs should be purged out to make way for the success in the ministry.
I hope to see justice not only done but seen to be done in this matter as soon as possible.
Father to the late Oluwasegunfunmi Daomi
C.c: His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN - Executive Governor
Dr. (Mrs.) Yewande Adeshina - Special Adviser, Health
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