A mother identified as Omolade Adebisi Abiara, has lamented how her daughter, whom she took to see an ENT specialist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, was given a six-month appointment without a doctor seeing her.
Abiara on her Instagram page revealed that she reached the hospital at 6:00am on Wednesday, but her daughter’s name was only called at 11:30am and then it was only for them to be told by the “Admin” that they would have to come back in six months’ time.
She added that the “admin” told her that it was “standard practice” in the tertiary hospital to give patients appointments without them seeing a doctor.
When contacted, an officer in the Public Relations Department of LASUTH, who craved anonymity, said the hospital was already looking into the matter and that they would reach out to PUNCH Online with their own side of the story.
See Abiara’s Instagram post:
“#TEMPORARYPOST… So I was at Lagos University teaching hospital Ikeja #lasuth yesterday after being referred from Isolo general hospital for medical attention on my daughter’s ear, I got to the hospital few minutes past 6am and I was called exactly 11.30am,only for the ADMIN to write on my referral letter that my appointment to see the doctors is November!!!! 6months from now???
“I was practically begging them that at least I need to see the doctor for first aid, all I was told after my talk talk and long lamentation is that ..Its their protocol and there is nothing they can do about it.. My own case is very mild Compare to one young lady I met there, she narrated all she has been through since 10yrs and it’s been from one hospital to the other, what I saw dripping from her ear is thicker than Mucus,she said aunty it is chronic.. These people were not interested in knowing how urgent anyone’s case is.. THEY ALSO GAVE HER NOVEMBER APPOINTMENT
“She had to give them money for them to change the appointment to next month according to her… Where are we going in Nigeria, What’s the way forward pls? the menace in government hospital is now out of the world, the healthcare staffs in Nigeria are to save us but they don’t care anymore, in as much it doesn’t involve their family member, I had my 3kids at the government hospital and I know their way, is it from insult or their carefree attitude? Most times I calm other patients down to be gentle with them cos they are human like us and they get tired too…. But the height of it is risking our lives…. How can you tell me to go back home and come back November without seeing a doctor at all, I think it’s the duty of a doctor to tell me when to come back after seeing the situation if it’s mild or needs urgent care.. This is a child I had in this same hospital. After I told few friends, they advised I go to some specialist hospital Redington, Lagoon and it’s likes… Hmmmmmm.. We all know what’s involve,
“Why do I have to suffer being a citizen…Government pls help us”