By Ola Ajayi
THE controversial circumstances that led to the death of a five year-old boy at the Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan have generated ripples at the Oyo State hospital.
While the mother of the boy, Mrs. Muyibat Alli-Hassan, insisted that the hospital was responsible for the death of her child because she could not afford the illegal fees charged by the hospital, the hospital said, she brought her child late for medical attention.
The death of the boy last week and alleged extortion had compelled Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala to give directive that the supervision of the hospital would be under him.
According to the bereaved woman, her two children had malaria but the condition of the older one was critical. On arrival at the hospital, instead of the nurses and other medical personnel to treat the boy, they ignored him.
Consequent upon the complaints and helpless situation of the woman, the Commissioner for Health, Mr. Owolabi Babalola who was on a surprise visit to the hospital, directed the management of the hospital to treat her other child on his bill.
The alleged extortion by the management of the hospital was at variance with the pronouncement of the State Government that treatment should be given free to patients.
Mr. Babalola said malaria drugs worth over N150m had been given to patients in this hospital since the beginning of the year.
Vanguard gathered that the fate of patients who needed to be operated upon hung in the balance as they were forced to pay N800 for diesel.
Speaking on the development, Mr. Babalola told newsmen that â€œthe complaints had got to the attention of the governor and that is why he gave a specific directive to me. We need to monitor the services of the people managing the hospital, we are going to install confidential boxes where people could write and drop their complaints.
Continuing, he added, â€œabout two weeks ago, the governor gave a specific directive in respect of this hospital and the reason for my coming is to ensure that these directives are really adhered to. The governor has directed that this particular hospital should come under his direct supervision. The governor has assigned the permanent secretary of the hospitals management board to look into the general administration of this place.
â€œWe have to ensure that the tax payers money that had gone into this hospital was optimized. In other words, we must continue to ensure an improved service delivery towards meeting our Millennium Development Goals, child and maternal mortality reduction.
As against the critics since the hospital was given a facelift, we had over 350 percent increase in the number of patients that are patronizing it. Even the newly installed facilities are beginning to have some surge in the demand, we need to optimize the services by improving on the manpower to ensure the people has to remain the target of the government.