The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said it has begun a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the truth about a viral video on the social media, purporting that an accident victim was rejected by Maitama District hospital.
Recall a short video produced in Hausa language that went viral on the social media two days ago, suggesting that an accident victim was brought to the emergency unit of the hospital, but was rejected.
The Acting Secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Muhammed Kawu said the investigation over the video was to ensure that no staff jeopardises the efforts of the administration towards unblemished health services delivery.
Kawu was in the hospital to see the accident victim in question, identified as George Imohimi, and a resident of Mpape who hails from Edo state.
Imohimi is currently on admission in the hospital and is also said to be recuperating, but the administration has vowed that any staff found to have exhibited any form of negligence over the matter will be sanctioned in accordance with civil service rules.
Kawu reiterated the commitment of the administration towards efficient healthcare service, noting that all public hospitals in the territory were bound to accept and treat accident victims before any other protocols.
“FCTA is very concerned and the Minister has directed that I come here personally and observe the situation and also ensure that it is brought under control.
“Investigation is ongoing, we have seen the video and we are investigating further.
“The Administration wants to assure all Nigerians, particularly FCT residents is that all public facilities are for the public , every person has the right to go to any of this hospitals and must be attended to.
” This has been the policy and will continue to be so. The policy is that you take in accident victims and treat them before you look for police. We will let the public know what the issue is all about after the investigation. But now the patient is getting adequate attention. Any public servant that is found to have erred will be dealt according to civil service rules”, Kawu said.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Imuentinyan Igbinovia, said that the victim was actually taken into the emergency unit for proper attention, as against the message conveyed by the viral video.
Igbinovia, however, noted that the lady who brought the accident victim had expressed discontent over the delay in admitting the victim, but after explaining the situation to her, the disagreement with the emergency unit staff was resolved.