How absence of Medical personnel in Doka Hospital led to the death of 6 Ekiti Doctors


One of the survivors of Sunday’s accident in which six medical Doctors, and a driver from Ekiti State were killed along Kaduna, Abuja road on Monday, told journalists on his sick bed in Kaduna how the accident occurred.
He said the Doctors would have been alive had basic medical care been administered on them after the accident.
According to him, when they arrived Doka Hospital at about 5pm, the hospital was virtually empty as there was no Doctor on duty, and the only Nurse on duty has nothing to work with.
He said the incident occurred around where the late Minister of state for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi and his family perished in an accident on March 6, 2006.
Those who lost their lives in the accident were: Dr Tunde Aladesanmi of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, FETHI; Dr Ojo Taiwo, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH; NMA Secretary, Dr Akinyele Alex; Dr J. Ogunseye of the Health Management Board; President, EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Dr Olajide, Dr Adeniyi James of the FETHI and a driver identified as  Mr. Ajibola.
Decrying the poor state of Doka Hospital, Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), who visited some of the injured Doctors at St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna, called on the Federal Government to assist the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), with enough rescue facilities.
He also appealed to the Kaduna State Government to put the Doka hospital in order so as become first aid to travellers on the highway.
He however, condoled the Ekiti State Government on the lost of its citizens.
At least four of the medical Doctors, who survived the accident while travelling to attend a National Delegate Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in Sokoto were at present receiving medical attention at the St. Gerard Catholic Medical Hospital, Kakuri.
One of the survivors, Dr. Stephen Ayosanmi of EKSUTH, spoke on his hospital bed exclusively to New Nigerian Newspapers on the accident.
Asked how it happened, Ayosanmi said: “I am one of the delegates for the National NMA Conference taking place in Sokoto. On our way, we decided to follow through Kaduna and stop so that we would continue our journey to the conference the following day. We were about 60km to Kaduna when the accident happened. We were in a bus that seats between 15 and 16 person. But we were 13 in the bus, including the driver. Aside the driver, we were all doctors. This was on Sunday, April 24. As we were approaching Kaduna, suddenly, a tire bursted. The bus somersaulted. This was around 4: 45pm.”
Continuing, he said “When the accident happened, some of us came out and people came and tried to help in the rescue effort. I came and I found out that I did not have any fracture or serious injury. By the time the members of the Road Safety Corps came, some Doctors that were severely injured had died. Five of them! But, we have two who could still survive. So we rushed them to the nearby hospital (Doka General Hospital, about 70 km to Kaduna).
“At the hospital, I was surprised when they said that there was no Doctor there. I was even telling the Nurses, ‘ok give me a pain reliever and let me put you through on how to resuscitate that man that was lying near me. But none of them attended to us. They were just running around, saying there was no this, no that.
“They were running around looking for this and that. Then I pleaded with the Road Safety to take us to the nearest hospital away from the one we were. I said they should take us to Suleja, Kaduna, wherever, but the Road Safety said that they didn’t even have fuel. I told them that it was ok, that I would pay for fuel. So we left the place in search for fuel and bought the fuel on the road. But, before we got to the hospital (St. Gerard, Kaduna) the other person had died.
“That made the number of deaths six. The other very injured person, who was in the other bus also died, making the casualty seven”, he said.


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