My first grandchild d#ed due to medical neglect at a government hospital — Senate President, Akpabio

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has revealed that his grandchild d#ed of medical negl£ct at a federal medical centre through bl£eding in 2019.

Akpabio spoke on Friday, August 4, 2023, on the floor of the upper legislative chamber during the screening of Tunji Alausa, President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominee.

Alausa, a nephrologist, was grilled on how the nation’s healthcare system can be improved and fake drugs eliminated in pharmaceutical stores. After he was done with proffering solutions to the country’s healthcare cris#s, Akpabio said he is a victim of medical negl£ct.

“Every other person has been a victim of medical negl£ct,” he said.

“My first grandchild was receiving drip and it was tissued in the night — there was no help. No doctor, no nurse. He bl£d until he lost 60 per cent of his bl%od and almost going m£ntal, he str¥ggl£d and f£ll on the floor.

He was looking for water to drink. He rolled on the floor outside and entered the early morning dew. By that time, he had gone into a coma.

I was on my way to Port Harcourt for the 2019 rally when they called me.

I struggled. They went and brought a defibrillator to attempt to revive the heart, but it did not work,” Akpabio recounted.

The senate president said when he inquired when the defibrillator was last used, he was told the machine “stopped working eight years ago”.

“I used my hand and str¥ggl£d with my physician, I could not revive him. I had to close his eyes and put him in the m@t¥ary,” he said.

Akpabio said Tinubu’s government must be “a corrective administration” to tackle the failures in the nation’s health sector.

Health is wealth. There is no way a country can be wealthy when its people are not healthy,” he said.

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