How Abuja hospitals abandoned good Samaritan with dying hit-&-run victim
Due to lack of drip and emergency center sags
Afro-folk singer/songwriter, composer and guitarist, Ms. Blessing Tangban has lamented the state of the hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, especially in cases of emergency, wondering how only one hospital in the FCT is equipped to handle medical care of any kind.
Ms. Tangban recounted how she rescued a dying hit-and-run victim only for him to be turned away by hospitals’ management due to “lack of drip”.
Tangban recounted her story on her Twitter handle @BlessingTangban on Sunday.
According to her, after the first hospital turned the victim away due to “lack of drip”, another hospital yet rejected him, saying that the emergency center was quarantined and the only doctor around refused to come out.
Read the lamentable story below:
Guys, usually I wouldn’t do this, but my heart is completely broken tonight because of the state of the medical system in our country. Tonight a guy was hit by a car on the express. I had to carry him in my car to ensure he got medical care because everyone else was just watching
We got to the first hospital & they turned him.away during to “lack of drip”….. (my mind was blown…. a hospital? Turning away a dying man?) K….. we went to the second hospital, they said the emergency center was quarantined and the only doctor around refused to come out….
We got to the first hospital & they turned him.away during to "lack of drip"….. (my mind was blown…. a hospital? Turning away a dying man?) K….. we went to the second hospital, they said the emergency center was quarantined & the only doctor around refused to come out…. pic.twitter.com/xfqY6P3l2x
— Blessing Tangban (@BlessingTangban) March 1, 2020
I was upset because everyone was standing and watching us, this man was bleeding the whole time and I legit thought he’ll die anytime soon, so after arguing uselessly, we took him to national hospital where he is being attended to. I just got to my house now, it’s 2:33am.
I’m tweeting this for few reasons..when you see a disaster, take action, don’t just stand & watch..Nigerians are great at being bystanders and they were a lot of them tonight. Secondly, our medical system has cost so many families their loved ones. How can a hospital not have drip?
How can a hospital close down its emergency center without providing alternatives? How many people have died due to “we don’t have drip, we don’t have bed space, doctor is not around…” or all the other excuses these hospitals give everyday?
Are we saying that only one hospital in the FCT is equipped to handle medical care of any kind? Common! What if this guy had died in our hands tonight? It would certainly not be because we didn’t take him to the hospital, it’ll be that the hospitals weren’t prepared to do their jobs. Is this our reality?
UPDATE: thank you all for your response, love and concern for this young man. He is conscious now but still not speaking. According to the doctors he’s suffered multiple fractures on both his hands & legs and will need Xray, MRI and blood transfusions. Let prayers go up for him