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Monday, 14 August 2017

Parents Blames UNILAG Hospital for Son's Death.

The Death of a 21 year old Undergraduate of UNILag, Akoka identified as Tosin Folalu has been blamed  on the unprofessionalism of their Facility.

The Parents of the deceased who is a 100-level- student of Economics gasped for breath in the Medical facility for about seven hours before the doctor attended to the deceased.

It was said that Tosin collapsed in his hostel room and was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted.

The deceased mother, Juliana Folalu, who lives in Iseyin, Oyo State, said she had travelled to the school on the third day of his sickness when a doctor at the facility told her on the telephone that there was no improvement in Tosin’s health condition.

She said:  “On Monday, July 17, the school porter called us that he (Tosin) had been rushed to the medical centre.

“Our relatives in Lagos went to check on him. I got to the medical centre around 5pm on Wednesday, July 20, and met my son groaning with pains.

“Around 8pm, his breathing became abnormal. I complained to the nurses, but they said it was as a result of an injection they gave him and assured me that he would be fine. They didn’t leave their seat.

“They put on an air conditioner, even though I complained he didn’t need it. I used hot water to massage his body when they didn’t respond. He vomited twice and I rushed to complain to them again. 

“A nurse followed me and gave him an injection. He continued to breathe heavily. She didn’t check his pulse. Afterwards, she gave him Paracetamol injection. She was the only person attending to him; others had slept.

“Around 10pm, another nurse came to check his breathing. She said it was abnormal and asked her colleague to bring oxygen. I told them that his condition might not have degenerated if they had taken the necessary actions.” 

The mother stated that after they tried in vain to resuscitate Tosin, they put him in an ambulance around 5am and took him to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

Juliana said: “The nurses and I followed him. He barely breathed while we were in the ambulance. I was calling his name, but he didn’t answer. When we got to LUTH, a doctor came to check him inside the ambulance.

“The doctor questioned them for bringing him late. I explained to the doctor that I had been complaining since the previous day. He called me and said my son was dead. If they had referred him on time, he would have survived.”

The deceased’s father, Adeniyi Folalu, said it was painful that Tosin died “as a result of the care-free attitude of the medical centre,” describing him as an intelligent son whose loss was irreparable.

He, however, said the family had accepted the loss in good faith.

Adeniyi urged the school authorities to keep a close watch on the medical centre to avert avoidable deaths.