Abuja Teaching Hospital discloses Dr. Mailafia died of Covid complications, declare all reports fake

Authorities of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada Tuesday dismissed claims that the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, was treated shabbily at the facility before his death on Sunday morning.

Chief Medical Director at UATH, Bissallah Ekele who described the allegations as false said that Mailafia had been attended to at two hospitals where he tested positive for Covid-19 before he was eventually transferred to the facility when his health had degenerated. He said the former CBN deputy governor eventually died of COVID-19 owing to underlying diseases.

“I can confirm in my honor that all the allegations circulating in the media are false. We never asked for any deposit before the commencement of treatment. The doctor on duty that day was on ground and received the patient and he was never at any point refused oxygen. In fact, he was placed on a high-flow-oxygen to enable fast breathing,” Ekele said.

“It was unfortunate that his health deteriorated rapidly despite all efforts to save his life.”

Dr, Usman Galadima, who was on duty during the incident, also dismissed the allegation that the hospital demanded a N600,000 deposit before attending to the deceased.

“I was on duty between Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, 19. So when I resumed work in the morning, I was informed that we would be expecting a patient from CBN and I informed my staff, the nurses, and a hygienist to prepare the VIP room and the general medical ward,” Galadima said.

“An ambulance from EHA clinics arrived in the afternoon. We adorned our PPE and rushed to meet the patient. He was already on the ambulance oxygen and from his oxygen consumption level, I noticed he was in a severe condition. We placed him on high-flow oxygen with no delay and wheeled him into the VIP section in a wheelchair.

“We are a tertiary referral center for severe and moderate cases of such conditions. I discussed with the patient and the wife the kind of illness he has, the cause, and the treatment procedure before we started treatment. The wife informed us that the CBN is fully behind the patients’ management and that we should give him the best and that is exactly what we did.

“The patient got a bit uncomfortable later in the night so we attached an official to stay with him and monitor his vital signs because of the severity of his condition. We used about four cylinders of oxygen on him throughout the night. In the early hours of the following day, we noticed he was deteriorating in spite of all the treatment procedures. He could no longer sustain breathing and we had to start resuscitation. Sadly, we couldn’t save him.”

He added that Malaifia was already certified dead before a foreign consultant was asked to intervene.

Patmos Media Line had reported an ethno-regional group, the Middle Belts Forum which claimed that Mailafia endured a miserable ordeal in the hands of doctors at UATH, saying the officials refused to attend to him despite his condition.

The statement, which was signed by the group’s national publicity secretary, Isuwa Dogo, claimed that the wife of the deceased was requested to make a deposit of N600,000 before proper treatment.

The statement which was later viral on the social media also said when Mr. Mailafia complained that he had breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors at the hospital to place him on a ventilator, he was flatly refused.

We also reported that several highly placed Nigerians said they smell a rat in the death of Dr. Mailafia and demanded a forensic investigation into his death.

The official statement from the hospital has laid to rest speculations that the Doctor on duty now known as Dr. Usman Galadinma was going to face an internal trial.

Two other allegations our reporter filed, that Dr. Galadinma is being threatened by unknown persons for his shabby treatment of the late CBN Chief and that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria may try him for unethical performance may also have been dead before arrival

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