Relatives Beat Doctor, Nurse After Losing Family Member

Angry father and son on Tuesday descended heavily on a medical doctor and a nurse at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta after losing their family member.

It gathered that pandemonium broke out around 2:00 am on Tuesday at the emergency ward of the hospital shortly after a 53-year-old female patient died.

Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Ogun State Chapter, Dr Kunle Ashimi while briefing newsmen, condemned the attack on two of the medical workers by the husband and son of the patient who died of heart failure.

Ashimi said Dr Pelumi Somorin was the doctor assaulted while the identity of the nurse had not been ascertained.

He explained that the father and son slapped the doctor while the death of their relative was announced to them.

According to Ashimi, a 53-year-old woman who was presented to the hospital with a severe form of heart failure which in itself after all the investigations including the ones she brought from the centre that referred her showed that it will take more than a miracle for the woman to survive.

“In other words, she was at the end stage of heart failure. This was explained to the relatives when she was brought to the facility but, notwithstanding we also believe in miracles and we feel that we should do our best to see what can happen.

“It has happened before that one other person in this kind of condition got better with the appropriate care.

“But unfortunately, this particular patient gave up the ghost around 2 am and the husband and son of the deceased descended on the doctor that had been taking care of the patient when the news of her death was announced.

“The doctor received a slap from each of them and subsequently they descended on her and she was only saved by people around.”

“A nurse was also assaulted by these people.”

The association chairman noted that police were alerted about the incident, adding that despite their presence the son continued with the assault.

“The police were appropriately called and the DPO of Kempta Police Station led the police team to the scene.

“Despite the presence of the police, the son of the deceased assaulted a nurse and all efforts to calm him proved abortive.

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