The family of the late former Niger State commissioner for information, Danladi Ndayebo, has petitioned the state governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, over the alleged negligence of staff at the IBB Specialist Hospital, Minna which resulted in the death of their breadwinner.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Ndayebo died at the hospital on November 7, following injuries sustained in a motor accident along the Minna-Suleja road.
In a petition dated November 22, the family, through its lawyer Mohammed Maude, disclosed that the staff of the hospital left the patient unattended for 12 hours after he was admitted to the Emergency Unit of the hospital.
The petition said after much pressure and inquiry, the staff on duty rudely informed the deceased’s younger brother, Ibrahim Ndayebo, that the patient sustained an internal injury and there was no doctor to attend to him.
“He was taken to emergency unit of the hospital, where he was admitted on a hospital bed. He was, however, left there with no diagnosis as to the possible effect of the accident on him, no doctor was available to attend to him, talk more of determining the kind of first aid treatment to be administered in such situation.
“It is worthy to note at this point that Hon. Danladi Ndayebo was left in that state of crucial pains, persistent discomfort, and struggles, (even after he kept complaining of body pains) from the period of Maghrib till the next day.
“The next day in the morning, our client by name Ibrahim Ndayebo, went to hospital and still met Hon. Danladi Ndayebo in the same state he was brought in to the hospital, our client was shocked and he made enquiry as to why nothing was done to save the life of his brother. Upon this enquiry the staff on duty angrily replied that it was not their fault and there was nothing they could do.
“After much pressure, Hon. Danladi Ndayebo was taken to scanning laboratory, where it was discovered that he had internal injury and he had been bleeding internally.
“This was when the staff notified our client that they had no doctor that would attend to such a situation, and they advised that Hon. Danladi Ndayebo be transferred to General Hospital Minna,” the petition reads.
He recalled that his client had warn the staff on duty of the consequences of their negligence “and to our clients dismay, they responded that they are used to seeing several deaths and the case of Hon. Danladi Ndayebo will not be the first.”
It further noted that, “before the deceased was transferred to Minna General Hospital, Minna, a former Secretary to the State Government, was also in IBB Specialist Hospital, and he challenged the staff on duty on their ill-treatment of the deceased, and in response, they stated that they had only three doctors, and when these doctors were called, none of them came to rescue the situation.
“Without wasting time, our client rushed him to General Hospital Minna, but before anything could be done, it was too late and Hon. Danladi Ndayebo was lifeless.”
It said the gross failure and deliberate negligence were evidence of failure on the part of the commissioner for Health who ought to be consistently overseeing the staff under his ministry.
“Late Hon. Danladi Ndayebo was a son, husband, father and a pillar of support as well as source of joy to many. Today he is no more and his dependants have been deprived of their breadwinner, simply because those who get paid from government purse to do their jobs refused/failed and neglected to act effectively and timeously.”
“No doubt that accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, but if it should be that we all get the kind of treatment and nonchalant attitude the deceased received on the 6th day of November 2022, then the aim of establishing IBB SPECIALIST HOSPITAL MINNA would have been defeated.
“Our client is aware of the panel set up by the Niger State Government, for the full investigation into the negligence leading to the death of the deceased. We hope that the said panel will do justice within the stipulated time given to them,” it added.