Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has urged the Ministry of Health to sanction the management of the Maitama General Hospital over the death of one-chance victim, Greatness Olorunfemi.
Naija News reports that Olorunfemi was robbed and thrown out of a one-chance vehicle along the Maitama-Kubwa expressway in Abuja.
The victim was rushed to the Maitama General Hospital, where she died after medical personnel allegedly refused to admit her for not having a police report.
Reacting to the development, Saraki, in a statement, said the hospital’s leadership allegedly violated the law by refusing to admit Olorunfemi, who needed medical attention.
Saraki noted that it is the primary responsibility of the health facility to save lives and not to turn away from those in need.
Describing the situation as an injustice, Saraki said the Federal Government must not tolerate such incidents.
He added that the Federal Ministry of Health and the Maitama Hospital Management Board should thoroughly investigate this case and ensure that justice is swift for the perpetrators.
The statement reads: “I am devastated to learn about the unfortunate death of Greatness Olorunfemi, who was pushed out of a moving car by hoodlums after being robbed of her valuables and rescued by a kindhearted stranger but was refused medical attention at the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja.
“This heartbreaking case is a reminder of the importance of the law that we designed, passed, and got presidential assent during the tenure of the 8th National Assembly. This piece of legislation was introduced to protect Nigerians who have been victims of violence. However, more needs to be done to ensure that the law is strictly enforced.
“I also strongly urge the Ministry of Health to sanction the leadership of the Maitama General Hospital for violating the law. Their refusal to admit a person in need of medical attention goes against the very essence and ethics of their profession.
“To all hospitals: Remember your Hippocratic Oath. Your primary duty is to save lives. Do not turn away those in need. Uphold the sanctity of your profession and adhere to the law.
“To the Nigerian government, I say this: This is your moment to stand tall, to send an unequivocal message that such injustices will not be tolerated. The Federal Ministry of Health and its Hospital Management Board should thoroughly investigate this case and ensure that justice is swift for the perpetrators.
“Also, I enjoin all to help in creating awareness about the law and its provisions. Let all Nigerians know about the existence of the law so that we can further ensure adherence to it.
“To the family and friends of Greatness Olorunfemi, I offer my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Your loss is immeasurable, and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”