Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu, the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, on Monday, talked tough when an angry father who lost his child as a result of alleged negligence, beat a doctor to a pulp.
NEWSNAIJA gathered that the angry father reportedly threw caution to the wind on Friday after losing his 15-month-old daughter reportedly hit the doctor on the head several times with a chair before the doctor was rescued.
A statement issued by Segun Orisajo, the Head of Public Relations and Information of the hospital, indicated that the incident happened on Friday around 12 am at the Children’s Emergency Room of the hospital.
Orisajo said the management of the hospital would no longer tolerate assault on any of its staff by patients or their relatives.
According to him, the Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu, handed down the warning while reacting to the latest physical attack on a medical staff of the center by parents of a toddler.
The statement read, “The 15 months old toddler was rushed to the Children Emergency Room by her parents on Friday 12th March 2021 about 8.00 pm.
“The enraged man hit the doctor on the head several times with a chair before help could come his way.
“On presentation, the baby had a history of severe fever of one month, weight loss of one month, irritability, and loss of head control.
On evaluation at the Centre, the baby was immediately taken in and necessary medical attention commenced.
“On complaints by the parents that they were financially challenged, the management waived all the laboratory investigation bills as well as emergency medications.
“However, at about 12 midnight the baby passed on barely four hours after arriving at the Centre.
“On hearing about the death of his daughter, his father threw caution to the wind and beat to a pulp the Medical staff who attended to his daughter, citing delay in treatment.
“The angry man hit the doctor on the head several times with a chair before help could come his way.
“The Medical Director sympathized with the bereaved family, while at the same time attributed the loss of the toddler to very late presentation.
“Something should have told the parents that keeping a baby that was losing weight with a sustained high temperature at home for a whole month was a dangerous thing to do by any parent.
“No doubt, we tried our best to save the toddler’s life although the situation would have been a different one if she had been presented early.
“Prof. Musa-Olomu disclosed that the latest attack and assault will be the fourth on his staff in recent times.
“He, therefore, warned in strong terms that henceforth, the law would be allowed to take its full course on anyone caught assaulting or with the intention to assault any of his staff.”