A patient admitted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State, Olusola Olagunju, has reportedly died following an industrial action by health workers in the Teaching Hospital.
The strike was said to have been as a result of an assault on one of the workers on duty.
Channels Television reported that the patient who had been on life support died after the aggrieved workers switched off the oxygen on Tuesday.
A friend of the deceased, Ezekiel Adewole, said that the patient died before he was evacuated to another hospital for medical attention.
“He was using the support of oxygen. On Tuesday, we heard that the UITH went on strike. On that fateful day, they switched off their light.
“This guy was living on oxygen, electric oxygen. Immediately they switched off their light, he could not use the oxygen any longer and that was how his system collapsed,” Adewole said.
“He was referred to UITH, Ilorin for treatment. He has been undergoing this treatment for a while. He had difficulty in breathing, that is the only issue he had.”
“He was okay, very active online. He was always on online – WhatsApp, Twitter and all others. The only thing is that he could not talk frequently on phone.”
He also said the family of the patient could not use the hospital’s ambulance to convey the victim to another hospital because the drivers were also on strike.
But reacting, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the medical facility registered its displeasure over the situation that cost the patient’s life.
Lanre Oloshunde, NARD Chairman, stated that the strike was embarked upon following an assault on a doctor on duty.