CHECKPOINTCHARLEY can now exclusively reveal the name of Lagos hospital that in flagrant disregard of medical ethics declined to give medical aid to a newborn baby girl recovered on Thursday morning from a gutter at Funmilayo Bus Stop, Orile Agege, Lagos.
One of those who took part in the race to save the innocent girl’s life has confided in this blog, on the condition of anonymity, that it was Betta Hospital, Agege Lagos that refused to give first aid to the baby, putting money before the life of a baby that was abandoned by the mother without clothes in a gutter to die.
Luckily for the baby, rights activist, Declan Ihekaire found her crying, wrapped in a sack inside the dirty water at about 5:30 a.m. Despite the refusal of Betta clinic to give the necessary aid, Orile Agege General Hospital came to the child’s rescue after he was taken there, following Betta’s decline to save life.
Ihekaire later on his Facebook wall commended officials of the Orile Agege General Hospital for their care of the baby and described the hospital’s welfare department as consisting of “true professionals.”
The Rights Activists, a resident of the area, said when he found the baby after a security man living on his street alerted him about it, he quickly called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Elere Police Station, Mrs. Regina, and the Lagos State emergency response number 112.
According to him, it was the DPO that rushed to the scene and facilitated the baby’s transfer to the Orile Agege General Hospital after Betta refused to assist medically, saying it was not a general hospital.
Ihekaire said: “Around 5:30 a.m., a security man on my street banged on my gate. I came out and asked him what the matter was. He explained that there was the cry of a baby from the gutter outside. I followed him there and found out that it was actually a baby. I cordoned off the place and called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Elere Police Station, Agege, Mrs. Regina.
“I need to show appreciation to the DPO of Elere. She’s a strong woman. Despite the fact that it was very early in the morning she still picked my call and responded swiftly.”
On Betta’s professional misbehaviour he added, refusing to mention the name of the clinic, “I also want to register my displeasure with a hospital very close to the scene. I sent emissaries there who beckoned on the nurses on duty to give the baby first aid after we removed her from the gutter, but they refused to come. They said the hospital is a private one.”
But now CHECKPOINTCHARLEY can authoritatively report that it was Betta Hospital that drew humanity and medical ethics to the gutter, by refusing to give medical aid to an abandoned new-born baby in desperate need of medical help.
This blog expects the Nigerian Medical Association to take exemplary disciplinary actions against the doctors at Betta who made that inhuman decision.
Betta Hospital is yet to respond to email sent to them for their side of the story as at the time of going to press.
See photos of Betta Hospital here