Shot NYSC member: Family demands prosecution of Garki hospital CMD

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja

Family of Late Angela Nkechi Igwetu has demanded for investigation and prosecution of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and other staff of the hospital for their failure to comply with extant law.

The extant laws that made it compulsory that people in the situation such as Late Miss Nkechi found herself are treated timeously.Late Nkechi was allegedly shot at about 3.05am along the road of the CEDI Plaza, Central Business District, Abuja and within five minutes of the incident, she was rushed to the Garki Hospital, Abuja for medical attention.

In petition written by the solicitor to the family of deceased, Obunike Ohaegbu which was addressed to the Commissioner of Police FCT, Area Command, the family said “the Hospital watched our Client’s daughter die slowly. Even after the Divisional Police Officer from the Central Area Police Division of your Command arrived and reportedly deposited the sum of twenty thousand naira cash with the promise of personally ensuring the payment of the balance of thirty thousand, the hospital still could not conduct a simple medical examination on our Client’s daughter”.

The family in their prayer in the petition said, “it is our brief to demand that you investigate the above allegations for the possible prosecution of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and other staff of the hospital on duty in the early hours of July 4, 2017 for their failure to comply with the extant laws that make it compulsory that people in the situation such as Late Miss Nkechi found herself are treated timeously. Our Client strongly believes that prompt Medicare could have saved the life of his daughter, Late Angela Nkechi Igwetu.

The Petition reads in full: “We are solicitors to Chief Geoffrey Igwetu (hereinafter referred to as “Our Client”), the father to the Late Angela Nkechi Igwetu who died on the 4th day of July, 2018 at the Garki Hospital, within the jurisdiction of the FCT Command.

“According to our Client, his daughter, Late Nkechi, was allegedly shot at about 3.05am along the road of the CEDI Plaza, Central Business District, Abuja and within five minutes of the incident, she was rushed to the Garki Hospital, Abuja for medical attention.

“Surprisingly, the hospital refused to promptly administer the treatment on the grounds that she must deposit the sum of N50, 000 before any medical intervention would be rendered to her. They reportedly rejected an offer of transfer of the said sum to their account and insisted on production of the money in cash.

“Regrettably, the Hospital watched our Client’s daughter die slowly. Even after the Divisional Police Officer from the Central Area Police Division of your Command arrived and reportedly deposited the sum of twenty thousand naira cash with the promise of personally ensuring the payment of the balance of thirty thousand, the hospital still could not conduct a simple medical examination on our Client’s daughter.

“We are still in shock that after five days of the death of Late Nkechi, the Garki Hospital released a report dated July 9th, 2018, claiming among other issues that there was “no exit wound” on her. Unbelievable!!!

“The condition/demand by the said hospital as a pre-condition before Late Miss Nkechi could be treated and the eventual refusal/neglect to give her the required medical treatment is contrary to the provisions of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Act signed into Law by the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 20th day of December, 2017 (copy attached).

“The said Law in Section 3 (i) states:“…no person with gunshot wound shall be refused immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria whether…not initial monetary deposit is paid”.

“In addition, Section 13 provides that: “Any person or authority including any police officer or other security agents or hospital who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to 5 years imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 or both.”

“Again, the said Act expressly stated in Section 15 that in the case of a“Corporate body being guilty of an offence under the Act, the Head of the Body shall be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of Sections 11 and 13…”

“In view of the above, it is our brief to demand that you investigate the above allegations for the possible prosecution of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and other staff of the hospital on duty on the early hours of July 4th, 2017 for their failure to comply with the extant laws that make it compulsory that people in the situation such as Late Miss Nkechi found herself are treated timeously. Our Client strongly believes that prompt Medicare could have saved the life of his daughter, Late Angela Nkechi Igwetu”.

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