By Ebun Sessou
The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services, Segun Olulade has urged personnel at public hospitals to be civil and humane in their relationship with patients.
Olulade made the plea against the backdrop of accusations of ill treatment against personnel at Ajeromi General Hospital in Lagos by most patients. This happened during the committee’s oversight visit to the Primary Health Centres (PHCs in the council.
Olulade took turns to interact with patients across sections of the hospitals requesting their assessment of services being rendered to them.
The lawmaker, who was shocked when expectant mothers and other patients accused the hospital personnel of being rude to patients, said patients needed care and not harassment. “We are here because of these people. We will not tolerate anybody who fails in his or her duty. Anyone who puts up any attitude that does not promote care will be sanctioned. Olulade, however, asked the Medical Director, Dr Godwin Akhabhoa to issue a query to a staff simply identified as Mrs Gafar who most patients accused of negative attitude to patients.
Meanwhile, the medical director, who said that the hospital would continue to work hard, urged the lawmakers not to withdraw confidence repose in the hospital.
Earlier, Mrs Mariam Braimoh, a pregnant woman, while lamenting the poor human relation of most of the hospital personnel, said some personnel talked to patients rudely.
Also speaking, another patient, Mrs Steffi Idowu said: “These people are too lazy, to search for our card is too difficult for them, and instead they would ask us to buy another ante natal card which cost N600.”
Mrs Rofiat Sa’eed, another patient said that most drugs were not always available in the hospital as patients buy some of the drugs outside. The committee also visited some PHCs in the council area including Akere PHC and Ibafon PHC.