- Emmanuel Okolo, a doctor at the Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Ibeju Lekki, has been accused of treating one of his nurses, Dorcas Adeyera, with violence
- Adeyera in her narration of the incident said that Okolo flogged her with his belt and asked her to kneel down after she admitted an accident victim against his wish
- The spokesperson for the police command in Lagos, CSP Chike Oti, said the matter is being seriously looked into
Emmanuel Okolo, a doctor in the Lekki area of Lagos state, has been accused of brutalising a nurse, Dorcas Adeyera at the Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Ibeju.
Punch reported that Okolo and Adeyera’s clash started when she aided the admission of an accident victim who was rushed into the hospital on Monday, June 18, a decision which Okolo allegedly opposed since his consent, according to him, was not sought.
Okolo afterwards summoned Adeyera (23 years) into his office and asked her to kneel down. When she refused, Okolo (35 years) slapped her several times and used his belt on her.
Adeyera, in her report said: “Around 2am, there was an emergency outside the hospital. I stepped out to have a clear look at the patient, who was said to have been involved in an accident and already fractured a bone in his left leg.
“The patient was conscious and alert; no obvious respiratory distress, but seemed to be in severe pain. I went back inside the hospital to notify the doctor on call, Dr Okolo Emmanuel, and immediately went back to move the patient inside the hospital.
“On getting there, I noticed that my colleague, who is a registered nurse and midwife, had already offered the patient a stretcher and the man’s relatives were trying to get the patient on it. Then, I noticed that the patient and his relatives were Hausas, and the people that brought him in a car were just helpers. Immediately they dropped the patient on the stretcher, they zoomed off.
“Back inside the hospital, Dr Okolo, who had been to the emergency room, saw the patient being carried towards him. He suddenly got angry and asked why the nurse didn’t allow him to see the patient first before bringing him into the hospital.
"He pointed at me, blaming me for it and said I should get out of his sight, which I did immediately; only for him to get angrier and ordered the patient to be taken out of the hospital as he was not ready to attend to him.”
“I left for the pharmacy with the hope that the patient’s relatives will source a means of leaving, only for the doctor to come in a few minutes later and dragged me into his office.
“I was shocked and tried to remove my hands from his hold; but he was too fierce. In his office, he told me to get down on my knees (kneel down) to which I declined as it was against the ethics of my profession to do that in uniform. He gave me the first hard slap and repeated his order; I refused and called my colleague for help.
“I tried to get out of his office, but he dragged me back and reached for his belt and started flogging me until the security men and my colleague came and tried to hold him. He said I was rude and he was not my age-mate.
“I tried explaining to the security men what had happened, but he did not allow me to speak out. He reached for the sphygmomanometer and was about using it to hit my head when the security men took it from his hand and another round of slaps on my cheeks followed. This time around, I fell on the floor and he started punching me."
Adeyera also said she reported the case to the police at the Elemoro division, adding that she received treatment at the Epe General Hospital. She said the doctor was yet to resume at the hospital after she reported the case to the police.
Okolo, when contacted on the telephone, declined comment. He only said: “I cannot speak right now; I am with my lawyers.”
The spokesperson of the police commission in Lagos state, CSP Chike Oti, said the police were looking for the suspect. He said: “The case was reported and we are investigating. Efforts are on to arrest and interrogate the doctor.”
Iboma Godswill, the assistant director of Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency in the state's ministry of Health, said the agency would look into the development.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Lagos state police command, on Wednesday, May 16, warned hospital authorities against the rejection of gunshot victims or the attitude of asking for police report before treatment.
A press statement signed by the command’s spokesman, SP Chike Oti, said the command had to repeat the warning, following a report that one hospital in Ikeja rejected a gunshot victim.
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