The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) has denied allegations that it mistreated Obadiah Mailafia, the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), before his death.
In a statement, the Middle-Belt Forum claimed that doctors at the hospital refused to resuscitate Obadiah.
MBF went on to say that, despite the advice of foreign health consultants, the hospital’s medical doctors ignored it.
Even when the wife could feel the deceased’s pulse, the doctor allegedly said there was nothing they could do because he had already been pronounced dead, according to the forum.
According to Premium Times, Bissallah Ekele, UBTH’s chief medical director, said the MBF’s allegations were false.
Mailafia was treated at two hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the CMD, before being transferred to the facility when his health deteriorated.
“In my honour, I can confirm that all of the allegations making the rounds in the media are false. We never required a deposit before beginning treatment. The doctor on duty that day was on the ground when the patient arrived, and he was never denied oxygen. He was put on a high-flow oxygen machine to allow him to breathe quickly,” Ekele explained.
“It was unfortunate that despite all efforts to save his life, his health rapidly deteriorated.”
Dr. Usman Galadima, the doctor who treated Mailafia, also spoke about what happened.
“I was on duty between Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, 19. So when I resumed work in the morning, I was informed that we would be expecting a patient from CBN and I informed my staff -the nurses and a hygienist to prepare the VIP room and the general medical ward,” Galadima said.
“An ambulance from EHA clinics arrived in the afternoon. We adorned our PPE and rushed to meet the patient. He was already on the ambulance oxygen and from his oxygen consumption level, I noticed he was in a severe condition. We placed him on high-flow oxygen with no delay and wheeled him into the VIP section in a wheelchair.
“We are a tertiary referral centre for severe and moderate cases of such conditions. I discussed with the patient and the wife the kind of illness he has, the cause and the treatment procedure before we started treatment. The wife informed us that the CBN is fully behind the patients’ management and that we should give him the best and that is exactly what we did.
“The patient got a bit uncomfortable later in the night so we attached an official to stay with him and monitor his vital signs because of the severity of his condition. We used about four cylinders of oxygen on him throughout the night. In the early hours of the following day, we noticed he was deteriorating despite all the treatment procedures. He could no longer sustain breathing and we had to start resuscitation. Sadly, we couldn’t save him.”
According to him, the former CBN Deputy was already dead before a foreign consultant intervened.