In a compelling revelation on Friday, Senate President Godswill Akpabio shared a deeply personal story of a tragic loss caused by medical negligence, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive reform in Nigeria’s healthcare system.
Speaking on the floor of the Upper legislative chamber during the screening of President Bola Tinubu‘s ministerial nominee, Tunji Alausa, Akpabio recounted the devastating loss of his first grandchild due to medical neglect in a Federal hospital.
The former Akwa Ibom state Governor underscored the pressing issue of medical negligence within the nation’s health care sector. As Alausa, a seasoned nephrologist, was questioned about enhancing the health care system and eliminating counterfeit drugs from pharmaceutical stores, Akpabio intervened to share his personal tragedy. He expressed that the loss of his grandchild was a painful reminder that medical negligence affects countless individuals across the country.
Akpabio’s harrowing account revealed that his grandchild’s demise resulted from a hemorrhage brought on by the negligence of a medical doctor. Recounting the traumatic ordeal, he described how his grandchild was left unattended in a deteriorating state, bleeding profusely while struggling for medical attention. Despite his efforts to seek help, the lack of medical personnel and proper care led to a catastrophic outcome, as the child’s condition deteriorated rapidly.
The heart-wrenching narrative continued as Akpabio shared the desperate attempts to revive his grandchild. When a defibrillator was finally brought into the picture, it was revealed that the equipment had been out of commission for years. The Senate President’s impassioned plea for a responsive health care system resonated throughout the legislative chamber, as he emphasized that his family’s tragedy was far from an isolated incident.
Akpabio concluded his emotional testimony by stressing the critical need for sweeping reforms in the country’s health sector. He urged the Tinubu administration to prioritize corrective measures to address the pervasive issue of medical negligence and enhance the overall quality of healthcare available to Nigerians.
As the nation grapples with the devastating consequences of medical negligence, Akpabio’s heartfelt plea serves as a poignant call to action for government officials and stakeholders to prioritize the well-being of citizens and work towards a more effective and compassionate healthcare system.
By Grace Olaogun