The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has absolved its staff of blame following a series of complaints by a Twitter user who tweeted about an unidentified male patient that allegedly died at the teaching hospital on 29th January 2017, due to what was described as negligence on the part of the nurses handling his case. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, demanded for a detailed report from LUTH on Friday, 3rd February 2017 as regards the case. According to LUTH: “The patient was a 55-year-old man diagnosed with a terminal lung ailment at a peripheral hospital in 2015. His medical records revealed a poor history of compliant with management protocols.
“The poor prognosis of the patient was discussed with his relations who insisted they only wanted him stabilised in LUTH so he could be transferred abroad for proper treatment as they did not intend to treat him in Nigeria. He was commenced on palliative care for the advanced condition. His blood pressure became controlled. However he remained oxygen dependent and could not even be transported around to undergo further tests such as CT scan. He was reviewed by specialist doctors from Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit, Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Cardio-logy, ICU, Radio-logy, Oncology and Anaesthesiology during the three days of his admission in LUTH.
“All confirmed there was not much that could be done for him in view of the terminal nature of his ailment. He eventually succumbed to the illness on 29th January 2017. The relations were obviously upset at the death of this gentleman who had not sought treatment for a grave condition for almost 1 1/2 years, who came to the hospital in extremis and whose poor outcome was discussed with them by our specialists. The relatives even beat up a security personnel who only tried to pacify them.We have since requested that the case be referred to the Coroner for proper investigation while the case of assault is to be handled by the police. The Hospital has also set up a panel to look into the allegations made against the LUTH and these findings shall be made public as soon as they are received by Management.”