Nigerian robbery victim dies in hospital while awaiting ‘police report’

Nigerian robbery victim dies in hospital while awaiting ‘police report’

A female victim of knife attack, Moradeun Balogun has died at R. Jolad Hospital, Gbagada area in Lagos State. The young Nigerian lady who was stabbed in the neck by hoodlums on Monday evening, died at the health facility who abandoned her for failing to provide police report. Molade Balogun @Mols_Balogun who claimed to to

A female victim of knife attack, Moradeun Balogun has died at R. Jolad Hospital, Gbagada area in Lagos State.

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The young Nigerian lady who was stabbed in the neck by hoodlums on Monday evening, died at the health facility who abandoned her for failing to provide police report.

Molade Balogun @Mols_Balogun who claimed to to be Modadeum Balogun relative, expressed dismay at the sudden death of the podcast host on Twitter. She described the deceased as a woman with untapped resources who was determined to champion great causes.

“My Sister was a great woman. She was going to change Nigeria for the better. She had a plan and I was going to watch her become great. It just took a stab in the neck to end all that. Because of what? I failed my sister,” she grieved.

Molade called on Nigerians to lend helping hands so justice could be served.

She said: “I want justice for my sister, Moradeun Balogun. Nigerians don’t fail me. Justice to Moradeun is justice for all for all the one we have lost. If you have lost someone, please help Moradeun,” she pleaded.

Like many other Nigerians, according to her, Moradeun lost her life despite legal provisions mandating hospitals in the country to prioritise saving of lives to any other things.

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According to section 20 of the National Health Act, 2014, “Healthcare providers, health workers or establishments shall not refuse a person on emergency treatment for any reason. Violation of the law attracts a fine of N100,000 or a jail term of six months or both.

Similarly in 2017, the Federal Government enacted the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act which provides for the compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshots by hospitals in Nigeria and goes further to impose sanction on erring hospital. In Section 11, a five-year jail term or N500,000 fine or both for any authority or person whose omission results in the unnecessary death of a gunshot victim.

Section One of the same law mandates hospitals to receive and treat victims of gunshot wounds with or without police clearance and with or without initial deposit but are duty-bound to report to the nearest police station within two hours of commencement of treatment.

However, the hospital refuted the allegation, noting that the hospital is committed to saving lives and insisted that the hospital would not engage in acts that’ll jeopardize the core values placed on premium care and value on human lives.

The hospital relayed that the woman was assessed and immediately referred to General Hospital Gbagada for vascular surgery.

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In a statement issued by the hospital, it said: “At R-Jolad hospital, our primary purpose has always been to save lives each time we encounter both difficult and less difficult situations. We do this for all sort of cases and all sort of people including gunshot victims without requesting for any police report as a requirement to be met before attending to the case.

“The most recent example (reflecting our intervention protocol) at hand was about a patient that was rushed to our facility on emergency yesterday December 2.

“In the first place, the patient was not a victim of a gunshot. It was a stabbed wound. Below is the detail:

“The patient was brought in by four good Samaritans around 07:19 p.m. and was attended to by two doctors whose assessment indicated that the patient needed immediate attention of a vascular surgeon.

“The patient was, therefore, referred to the closest hospital, Gbagada General Hospital, in one of the available vehicles at the spot since the ambulance was yet to return from a medical assignment. The vehicle departed exactly 07:26 p.m. Further findings and follow up revealed that the patient was received in Gbagada General Hospital.

“We remain true and committed to our core values which place premium and value on human lives.

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