UATH MD denies requesting payment before treating Mailafia - Punch Newspapers

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UATH MD denies requesting payment before treating Mailafia - Punch Newspapers

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23 September 2021THE Chief Medical Director of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Prof. Bishop Ekele, says contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the hospital did its best to save a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, who died in the facility on Sunday.

He, however, said only the family of the deceased can disclose the cause of his death.Ekele spoke in an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday amidst allegations that Mailafia could have been saved but for the lackadaisical attitude of doctors in the hospital.

The Middle Belt Forum had in a statement on Sunday accused the hospital of misconduct in the treatment of the 64-year-old.The statement, which was signed by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Isuwa Dogo, claimed, among others that Mailafia complained that he had breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors at the hospital to place him on a ventilator, he was “flatly refused.” headtopics.com

But when asked on Wednesday to explain the circumstances surrounding Mailafia’s death especially in view of the allegations, Ekele said, “I can confirm in my honour as a medical doctor that all the allegations circulating in the media are false.“We at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital did not request for any form of payment before the commencement of treatment.

“The doctor on duty that day was on the ground and received the patient and he was never at any point refused oxygen. In fact, he was placed on a high-flow-oxygen to enable fast breathing.”Copyright PUNCHAll rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

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