How shabby treatment by doctors at UATH led to Mailafia’s his death – Forum

How shabby treatment by doctors at UATH led to Mailafia’s his death – Forum

Monday, September 20, 2021 9:47 am

Obadiah Mailafia: dies

Obadiah Mailafia: dies


The Middle Belt Forum has alleged that the mismanagement of health of Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN by doctors led to his death at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada  on Sunday.

Mailafia was referred to the teaching hospital where he died after he was initially treated at CBN Hospital and EHA Clinics, respectively.

However, in a statement released by Isuwa Dogo, its national publicity secretary, Middle Belt Forum said its inquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of Mailafia’s death revealed that he was given shoddy treatment by doctors at the teaching hospital.

Narrating the event that led to the death of Obadiah who was also a presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, the Forum said, “That Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife,” the statement reads.

“On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabbily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.

“Dr Mailafia’s was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics. The wife opted for the third choice. On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him.

“After few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.

“The wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada. Mailafia’s wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband.

“Yesterday, Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transferred to Gwagwalada. On arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing goes wrong.

“Wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600’000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN. At a point, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him on a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.

“Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia’s son that is living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr. Mailafia for resuscitation and thereafter place him on life support.

“The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead. Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.”

The forum however it will wait for the autopsy report on Mailafia’s passing which it said “represents a dark day” for the middle belt and Nigeria.


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