Garki hospital Abuja has responded to reports that they demanded for a police report instead of administering treatment despite the precarious situation of Linda Angela Igwetu, an NYSC corps member who was shot by a policeman.
by Jerry King Nwobodo @JerryDKingTP
Linda Angela Igwetu was rushed into the hospital at about 3:05Am on July 4th after she was shot by a trigger happy SARS police officer.
The hospital reportedly demamded for a police report instead of treating the bleeding corps member who died during the argument with the doctors on call. Linda is said to have lost alot of blood in the process until her heart stopped beating. Doctors say she died around 4:00 AM.
In a statement released, Garki hospital denied these reports and threatened to sue blogs, news and online platforms who carried the story.
The statement reads:
“Garki Hospital Abuja does not demand for Police report before attending to Trauma Patients at her Accident and Emergency department.
“Garki Hospital does not insist on payment before stabilising trauma patients. It is a tradition that we do not compromise”.
Giving the hospital’s account of the sad incident, the statement said “Miss Igwetu was brought to our hospital at about 3.05 a.m. on July 4 in a very precarious condition. The doctors on duty at the Accident and Emergency including the consultant surgeon on call battled to save her life by providing care including blood transfusions and limited surgery.
“This was done even before any form of payment could be made. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to save her life, she did not make it.”
The hospital also demanded the immediate rebuttal of all reports of allegations that the hospital denied the deceased treatment from all mainstream and social media.
It further demanded a published apology within 48 hours from media platforms that published the allegations.
“Failure to publish the required rebuttals and apology would compel Garki Hospital to take legal actions against such media houses and blogs including their promoters.
“We also encourage the media to always take a step further by confirming the information they are fed with before broadcasting it to the general public,” the statement said.
Garki Hospital also sympathised with the family of the deceased, the NYSC and Nigeria as a whole on the loss of Ms Igwetu and reassured all Nigerians of the hospital’s commitment to saving lives.
The hospital declined to state the cause of death, saying this can only be determined by a postmortem examination.