The management of the Federal Medical Center Keffi, Nasarawa State, has described as ridiculous and unfortunate the claim by some persons that the death of a lassa patient, Mr Baba Lawal, was as a result of negligence by its medical team.
The management also regretted the false allegation raised by a patient that his kidney was stolen also compounded the predicament of the hospital generating unnecessary loss of confidence by some members of the public on accessing the good services rendered at the health facility.
Responding to questions from journalists over the two contentious issues in Lafia, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the FMC Keffi, Dr Joshua Ndom Giyan, reiterated that the Lassa fever patient who later died on January 15, 2017, was well attended to by the team of doctors who attended to him.
He said the patient, Mr Baba Lawal’s case was not in the complete knowledge of the FMC, Keffi, being a referral patient, explaining that the referral letter by a doctor in Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, only showed that the victim had SEPSIS/TONSILLITIS disease and not Lassa as later discovered few hours to his death.
”The patient was referred to us and brought in unconscious on January 11, with his referral letter. We handled him based on that professional directive, unknown to us that they had suspected the patient to have had Lassa fever, where his sample was even taken and sent for testing.
”It was on the second day to his admission in our center that we were told on phone that it was a confirmed case of Lassa fever“ the CMD explained.
According to him, even at that critical situation of the patient, our team of doctors attended to the patient, risking the infection as well as scouting for drugs and personal protective equipments, which on alerting the federal ministry of Health, a prompt response to ensure the live of the patient was saved.
“So for anybody to say there was no proper care from our center to the victim is only being malicious,” he said.
Dr Giyan also broke the FMC’s silence over another allegation of a kidney harvest as claimed by a patient (names withheld).
He narrated that the patient who was well managed was admitted in the center for one month with a complicated disease which was dictated to be a 1kg pussy tumor in the left side of his abdomen suspected to be cancer.