By Clever Olali
An angry father has blamed a Medical Doctor at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Ogun State, over the death of his 15-month-old daughter.
The man out of anger descended heavily on the Doctor in a serious combat having accused the medical professional of negligence.
He said his toddler who was rushed to the Children Emergency room Room (CHER) of the facility last Friday, wouldn’t have died if there was proper medical attention.
Segun Orisajo, Ogun State’s FMC Head of Public Relations and Information, disclosed the information, adding that on learning of the daughter’s death, the father of the baby acted in an uncivilized manner, beating the official to the pulp.
According to Orisajo, the enraged father hit the Doctor on the head several times with a chair before help could come his way.
He however, failed to disclose the identities of the aggrieved father and the Medical staff.
He said the baby had a history of severe fever of one month, weight loss of one month, irritability, and loss of head control.
He explained that the baby was immediately taken in and necessary medical attention commenced.
Orisajo said, “On complaints by the parents that they were financially challenged, the management waived all the laboratory investigation bills as well as emergency medications.
“However, at about 12 midnight the baby passed on barely four hours after arriving the Centre. On hearing about the death of his daughter, her father threw caution to the wind and beat to a pulp the Medical staff who attended to his daughter, citing delay in treatment.
“The enraged man hit the doctor on the head several times with a chair before help could come his way”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the FMC, Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu, who came down stairs to sympathize with the father who had lost his daughter said they tried their best to save the toddler’s life.
The MD said, “Something should have told the parents that keeping a baby that was loosing weight with a sustained high temperature at home for a whole month was a dangerous thing to do by any parent.
“No doubt, we tried our best to save the toddler’s life, although the situation would have been a different one if she had presented early.”