Yabatech Student’s Death: FMH Institutes Panel Of Enquiry

Late Charity Dazan

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Following the public outcry against the questionable death of a female student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Miss Charity Muatin Dazan as a result of alleged rejection by the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, the Federal Ministry of Health(FMH) has instituted a panel of enquiry to investigate the matter.
This is just as there were allegations that the late Charity, as she was popularly known was not attended to by FMC because she did not pay a deposit of N30, 000 and that the Chief Medical Director had allegedly given a standing order to both nurses and doctors not to treat any patient who cannot pay this deposit.
Miss Charity Muatin Dazan, who died about two weeks ago was a Higher National Diploma Two (ND II), student of Yabatech, OTM Bilingual as at the time of her death.
A source close to the FMC told AbelNews that the deceased was brought into the hospital in a critical condition but that the hospital authority allegedly refused to treat her because of her inability to N35, 000 as part payment.
The panel of enquiry, which is headed by the Senior Consultant, FMC one Dr. (Mrs.) Okudiafor AbelNews learnt began sitting at FMC Ebute Metta on Monday.
As told AbelNews that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. (Mrs.) Yewande Jinadu had allegedly warned nurses and doctors in the hospital not to attend to any patient without a deposit of at least N30,000.
It was learnt that when the deceased was rushed to the hospital by her colleagues, the doctor on duty, Dr. (Mrs.) Osude could not treat the patient because of the standing order of N30, 000 deposits given by the CMD.
As a result of the rejection the students decided to take the deceased to another hospital in the neighbourhood but gave up on their way.
Her death was said to have angered the students, who stormed the FMC in annoyance and threatened to destroy assets at the hospital.
However, sensing that there may be trouble, FMC Ebute Metta management allegedly ordered the Head of Medical Records, one Mrs. Akinfenwas to immediately and secretly open a file for the deceased student in the hospital and also recorded the medical tests carried out on the deceased to give the impression that she was attended to.
Speaking to AbelNews, a colleague of the deceased, who identified himself as Collins claimed that if Charity had been attended to by FMC when she was rushed in she would still be alive till today.
Collins stated that deceased was vomiting and showed signs of weakness.
According to him, “I was one of those who took Charity to the hospital from Yabatech on the said day, but when we got here they demanded for the sum of N35,000 before they could commence treatment on her. We promised them that the money would be brought and that they should help us save her life first, but all pleas were rejected by those on duty then. In fact, they claimed that they have been ordered not to give any first aid to any seek patient without deposit.”
He continued, “however, when we saw that our appeals to them would not be entertained, we decided to take her to another hospital, but on our way, she died. The fact still remains that if the hospital had given her attention, she would not have died.
Contacted via text, the Chief Medical Director of FMC, Dr. (Mrs.) Yewande Jinadu denied the allegations, adding that there was no iota of truth in the allegations.
Jinadu however stated that Charity’s death was unfortunate, alleging that people are now using the case to cause pain and settle scores.
According to her, “It is best you come for investigations. You are the 3rd today to make these new allegations. Charity was treated with corrected IV, hydrocort, oxygen and CPR. Information on her file could not have been gotten after she passed on.”
She continued, the initial problem was getting a blood donor for her. Admission is not N30, 000 and not one naira was requested for nor paid. I was away on leave. Charity’s death has unfortunately been utilized to cause pain, settle scores & demand money. So sad.”