Re: How ‘Lagos’ killed Dele Agekameh

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The attention of the management of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has been drawn to the publication on Thursday,17th October, 2019 in The Nation Newspaper about the unfortunate incident which happened Friday 11th October, in LASUTH: The case of a male patient, Dele Agekameh who was brought in dead to our Medical Emergency Unit. He was said to have had end stage renal disease and was rushed to our medical emergency unit.

It was alleged that the son of the patient claimed that the nurses on duty at the Medical Emergency Unit refused to attend to the patient because they were finishing their shift, Based on the account of those with him. It was also reportedly claimed that the casuality medical officer was also busy.

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Against the above claim, we wish to state that While we commensurate with the family of Mr. Dele Agekameh, we would like to reteirate our commitment to providing quality and timely healthcare to our patients.

Firstly, the patient was having dialysis in a private hospital when complications arose and was referred to LASUTH at 5pm. However, the driver and his assistant who were the only persons with him did not arrive at LASUTH until 9:30pm. As soon as they got to Medical Emergency Unit, they were promptly attended to by the doctor on duty and the triage nurses.
His blood pressure and pulse were not recordable at the time the patient was presented, and hence, he was certified ‘brought in dead’.

May we also add that, on that fateful day, neither the son nor any relations of the deceased was with him at the time he presented.

After a thorough and careful investigation, we would like to state firmly that the nurses and doctors on duty on that fateful day were not negligent in their duties.

We wish to say that Lagos State University Teaching Hospital is passionate about the health of Lagosians and everyone who comes into the institution. We put all hands on deck to make sure that our patients get optimum care and ensure we do our best for each patient to recover and return home safely.

We sincerely sympathize with the family of the deceased and pray for God’s succour for his family in this trying moment.

Meanwhile, we also seize this medium to appeal to family of our patients not to allow the pressure of situations at hand discredit the efforts of our medical personnel.

On this note, we implore bloggers, journalists, or writers to be painstaking ly meticulous and balance their news stories, most especially when such stories have flacks. We would have expected that the journalist who put up this story investigated what happened before putting pen to paper.

We would also appreciate that the information being passed across to the public be juxtaposed with a balanced view before being aired.

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