In recent times, there have been reports from some members of the public alleging that most deaths that are recorded in the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, are as a result of negligence by the staff and medical team of the hospital.
It would be recalled that a family of a Lassa Fever patient who later died but not in the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, had alledged poor handling of the case from the hospital which led to the victims death at a Federal Medical Center, Keffi.
Similarly a man who was reported to have been hit by a cow that fail off a truck and sustained various degrees of injuries from the cow which punctured his diaphragm and was rushed for treatment at the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, Lafia, but however died as result of the various injuries sustained has also generated tension as the family alleged that he was not attended to for several hours.
However, the management of the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, has called on relations of any patient in their care to allow the hospital discharged it duties base on best international practices.
The Chief Medical Director of the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, Dr Ahmed Yakubu Ashuku, while responding to questions from The AUTHORITY said what the public are fed with about the hospital did not in any way represent the profession of medical practice and the kind of care from the specialist hospital.
Responding to the allegations, the CMD said that most times relations of some of the patient admitted in the hospital are not tolerant with the procedures of carrying out treatments to their sick relations.
He said that even when a medical examination result indicated that a patient need to admitted in the hospital for treatment and close monitoring, the relations sometimes insist that the patient be discharged. This, according to him is contrary to best global medical practices as sometimes, doctors need to monitor closely the way patients respond to treatment.
Dr Ashuku regretted that efforts by his team to ensure global best practices was not appreciated by the people, stressing that often times the hospital management is left with huge bills of patient who after being discharged claim that they cannot afford to pay.
He urged that those who have formed the ‘ pull them down’ syndrome to rethink their steps and encouraged the effort of the state government which is poised towards giving its best to ensure a healthy citizens with the provision of medical facilities and the experts to managed the hospitals.