Group Writes Mrs Sanwo-Olu Over Alleged Conspiracy and Unjust Treatment By LASUTH Doctors
The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda, (HURMA) has written a Save-Our-Soul (SOS) letter the Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, over alleged conspiracy and unjust treatment meted on an indigent 76 year-old woman, Mrs. Ashimi Joan, at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
HURMA stated that it’s SOS letter to the First Lady and the hospital management was premised on a letter written to its office by the family member of the sick-old woman, wherein the family accused the hospital of unhealthy treatment and appealed for all possible assistance to save them from the situation.
Based on the family outcry, HURMA through its Executive Director, Comrade Buns O. Isiak, is appealing to both Dr. Sanwo-Olu and the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD) Professor Adetokunbo Fabambo, to quickly and urgently investigate the alleged act of conspiracy and forceful diversion made by the family against some doctors in the hospital.
HURMA’s letter the First Lady and the hospital’s CMD captioned: “Alleged Conspiracy and Diversion at LASUTH. A Urgent Request to Save the Life of Ashimi Joan in Female Surgical Ward” reads in part: “In high spirit, we express our appreciation to your day to day display of commitment towards ensuring delivery of tenets of democracy to both women and children in Lagos state, especially in the area of health. We pray Almighty God would reward our efforts with ultimate success.
“We wish to bring to your notice the case of a 76 year-old woman, Mrs. Ashimi Joan, who has been on admission in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) since 2nd of May, 2022 with several experience which her poor family members do no longer see as anything beyond conspiracy and continuous act of exploitation by the management.
“According to report in the SOS letter to our office, the family members were forced to register the patient for a private ICU despite their appeal for government ICU which they considered far more cheaper. After the surgery recommended, another breakage occurred and the old woman has been in pains for weeks. The doctors attending to the family are now insisting again that another huge amount be paid into the private ICU without which the patient will not get necessary attention.
“Although the primary interest of the family is to use our office to appeal to the hospital management to assist the family wave the expenses of ICU and rescue the life of the poor old woman, we will appreciate a proper investigation into the allegations of forceful diversion to private ICU that was raised in the letter. This is to prevent further occurrence of such and as well save other poor Lagosians from such treatment in future”.
The group therefore call on both Dr. Sanwo-Olu and Professor Fabamwo to use their good offices to assist the family and wave the expenses of the ICU to save the family from financial embarrassment.