Senate President Godswill Akpabio has revealed how he lost his first grandchild to medical negligence at a federal hospital in 2019.
Akpabio made this shocking revelation at the floor of the senate while commencing the screening of the Dr. Tunji Alausa, a ministerial nominee from Lagos State.
During his screening, Alausa, who is a nephrologist, was also asked on better practices to eliminate fake drugs from health facilities.
Alausa after his answer prompted a rather emotional moment for to Akpabio, who said he is a victim of medical neglect. Recounting his personal experience, he said:
“Just like every other person here, I have been a victim of medical neglect. I lost my first grandchild in 2019, in a federal medical centre. He died through bleeding.
“He was placed on a drip that ran into the night. There was no help, no doctor, no nurse and he bled until he lost over 60 per cent of his blood.”
Akpabio noted that the boy eventually went into a coma with all efforts to revive him via a defibrillator unsuccessful.
“They went to go and bring a defibrillator to attempt to revive the heart, but it did not work.
He said that upon inquiry, he realized the defibrillator has not been working for over 8 years
“I used my hand and struggled with my physician, I could not revive him. I had to close his eyes and put him in the mortuary,” Akpabio said.
The sad story of the Senate President has triggered different reactions from Nigerians after the video of him narrating the sad story went viral.