The Secretariat and Office of the Mandate Secretary, Health Services and Environment, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has set up an independent investigative panel involving the Nigeria Police and other stakeholders to unravel the death of a woman at Maitama District Hospital, Abuja.
This is contained in a statement signed by Badaru Salisu Yakasai, Assistant Director, Information, Health Services and Environment, FCT, and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos.
The statement said that the attention of the office of the Mandate Secretary, Health Services and Environment, FCT, has been drawn to an information (including video footage) with respect to the death of a woman alleging negligence and failure of the medical team at the Maitama District Hospital.
According to the statement, the information alleges that the victim was brought to the facility at about 8.35 p. m on September 26, 2023.
The statement said that upon the receipt of the news of the woman’s death, the Secretariat and the Mandate Secretary, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, commiserated and extended heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.
It added that Fasawe immediately visited the Maitama District Hospital at about 1:00 a.m on September 29, 2023 after calling the Medical Director of the facility, Dr Imuentinyan Igbinovia and requested for an immediate meeting at the hospital in an unscheduled visit.
The statement said that Igbinovia provided a verbal report of what transpired to the mandate secretary.
The statement quoted Igbinovia as saying that the victim was brought in dead.
” In the circumstances, and for clarity, the Secretary requested an autopsy and preparation for a Coroner’s Inquest to ascertain both the cause, and circumstances of the death of the victim.
“The Secretary has been in active and constant communication with relevant parties including the family, the Police, FCCPC and others with a view to ensuring the case is properly investigated.
“As such, the Secretariat has set up an independent investigative panel with the Nigerian Police and other stakeholders to fully investigate the case, and to ensure justice is served,” the statement said.
The statement noted that the Secretariat gathered that the victim was thrown out of a moving vehicle and taken to hospital by good Samaritans.
“We implore the general public to be vigilant and exercise caution while admonishing security agencies to strengthen security and protection measures across the FCT.
“Whilst awaiting the outcome of the investigations, the Secretariat seeks patience and discretion until the investigations are completed,” the statement added