Nigerian doctor and Head of Department of Internal Medicine at Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja, Dr. Chukwudibe Rosemary, reportedly died on Monday as it was further gathered that another doctor, Idris Nuhu, three nurses and a ward attendant also slumped due to alleged exhaustion and over work.
According to hospital sources, the three nurses had been on duty since last Saturday morning and were exhausted due to workloads which had increased in the last two months as a result of the strike of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). Sources further alleged that all of them have not been paid since February, following traffic payment adopted by the Kogi State Government.
The late doctor who was admitted on Sunday evening for heart related issues, suddenly developed complications around 2 am while his colleagues were battling to save him. Colleagues of Dr. Rosemary reportedly battled her survival for over five hours, but lost her in the early hours of Monday, June 18.
However upon hearing the news of the passing of Rosemary, Dr. Idris Nuhu and three nurses reportedly slumped simultaneously and are currently on admission at the Maternity ward of the hospital.
Daily Post reported that a staff of the hospital, stated that the doctor’s death was not unconnected to financial problem as the deceased was heard lamenting that her name has been omitted in the March salaries payment schedule as she languish in penury for her drugs which are difficult to purchase due to nonpayment of salaries.
Confirming the incident, Dr Moses Adaudi, the Secretary, Association of Residence Doctors, Kogi State Specialist Hospital unit, however said that the death of the Doctor was as a result of lack of Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she could have been treated when she developed complications.
“There was no oxygen spanner to place her on oxygen, even when she was to undergo some tests, there was no money to carry out the test,” he said.