DEATH OF DAZAN MAUTIN CHARITY OF YABA TECH: AN INDICTMENT ON NIGERIAN PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION.
Late Miss Dazan Mautin Charity was a Higher National Diploma Student of Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos, studying Office Technology, Bilingual (French). She was a final year student of the institution taking her final year exam and was to conclude same on Monday 15 February, 2016, but sadly the hands of death took her away on Wednesday 10 February 2016, at about 12am.
Late Dazan Mautin Charity was rushed to Yaba Medical Centre by a student of Yaba Tech, Olamide, but she was not given medical attention by medical staff there. Students of Yaba Tech have blamed the death of their colleague on negligence on the part of medical staff of Yaba Medical Centre, maintaining that she would have made it if she had been accorded swift medical attention.
A student of Yaba Tech, Olamide, who rushed late Dazan Mautin to the health centre, narrates how she died. According to him: ''We rushed her to the medical centre by 12 noon yesterday (Tuesday 9/02/2016). They told us there was no bed space and we waited for four hours before drugs were given her''.
Olamide further said though a doctor instructed that Dazan be admitted, a nurse sent them away, only for her case to worsen when they reached the hostel. On returning to the Yaba Medical Centre at 10pm Tuesday, they were referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Meta Lagos, where they were made to deposit N35, 000 before treatment could begin. Sadly, Dazan gave up the ghost at about 12am Wednesday 10/02/2016.
The unfortunate death of Dazan Mautin in her prime as result of negligence and callousness on the part of medical staff of Yaba Medical Centre, where she was first rushed to, is an indictment on Nigerian public health administration and administrators. Her case is one too many. For me, there is no doubt that she could have made it if she was given swift medical attention at Yaba Medical Centre when she was first rushed there; though some may not agree to this.
Dazan Mautin's death underscores the failure of public health sector in Nigeria and lack of value for the sanctity of human life in our clime. There is no doubt that swift and adequate attention would have been accorded her if she was daughter or relative of one of our so-called 'political leaders' in the country. This further brings to the front burner the lack of value attached to the lives of commoners in Nigeria.
The federal government of Nigeria, state and local governments and all stakeholders involved in health administration and management in the country, MUST, as a matter of urgency take the bull by the horn by putting in place the relevant measures at saving lives of Nigerians in any part of the country, no matter the social, political or economic status persons involved.
The authority of Yaba Tech and the Federal Government of Nigeria should pay a financial compensation to the family of late Dazan Mautin. May her soul rest in peace in the bosom of God Almighty, amen.