In 2013, as part of the Hala Nigeria Journalism Project. I started working on a series on medical negligence. I'd heard stories of how people die. Newspaper headlines. Real stories. So, I started digging. Asking around.
2012, Lanre Amoo-Onidundu was returning to his office with some money from the bank. He was shot in the leg by armed robbers; dispossessed of the money. Onlookers rushed him to the General Hospital, Gbagada. For hours, he was left unattended to. He alleges that due to poor treatment by the hospital, his condition deteriorated. His leg was amputated. He lives in Germany now, and walks around with a prosthetic limb.
2011, Juwura Amoo-Onidundu went to UCH to be delivered of her second child. She had a caesarean section. Her baby lived; she died. Primary cause of death: haemoperitorium; secondary cause: hypovolemic shock. Cause of death according to family: medical negligence. For these cases, there are many other unmentioned unknown cases.
Doctors, lawyers and patients say there are many issues that bedevil the medical system in Nigeria, many issues that make it easy for medical negligence to thrive. They say medical negligence is multi-factorial; everyone has a share of the blame: patients, medical doctors and the government.
On Monday June 8, 2015, it was four years that Juwura Adedeji Amoo Onidundu died. This piece, and the other two that will follow on Radiant Health Magazine explore medical negligence, the road to justice and solutions.
Thank you Amoo-Onidundu Olanrewaju Stephen for telling me your story as well.
Thank you to everyone who contributed. Read. Comment. Share. May medical negligence not become normal to us...