Baale wife’s death: LASUTH denies negligence, rejects compensation claim

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital has denied culpability in the death of Mrs Omolara Kalejaiye as a result of the alleged unethical conduct of its personnel.

At a settlement meeting between the deceased ’ s family and the LASUTH management on Monday , the hospital also refused to endorse a compensation agreement .

Reports gather that Omolara, the wife of the Baale of Otumara II in the Apapa area of the state, was rushed to the hospital in an emergency situation on December 11, 2018.
The 45- year – old was reportedly attended to in a wheelchair due to the lack of bed space .

It was gathered that the woman was placed on oxygen to support her breathing , while a drip and injections were administered to her .

The family alleged that the oxygen and the drip that Omolara was placed on were removed without the consent of any member.

The mother of two reportedly died as a result of lack of attention by the medical personnel and non – provision of an ambulance after her referral to another hospital .

In a petition addressed to the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH and the state Commissioner for Health, the family demanded that the death be investigated and the errant medical personnel be fished out and brought to justice .

A letter was written to the Chief Registrar of the Lagos State High Court through a human rights lawyer , Femi Falana (SAN), demanding that a coroner inquest be conducted to unravel the circumstances surrounding Omolara’ s death.

In fulfilment of the Lagos State High Court Rules, 2019, Falana and Falana Chambers also proposed a settlement between both parties before a suit would be filed in court against LASUTH .

The meeting , which was attended by the LASUTH legal team , the husband of the deceased, Kehinde Kalejaiye, and his legal representative , Ernest Olawale , however , ended on an inconclusive note .

The Director , Civil Litigation , Lagos State Ministry of Justice , Saheed Quadri , said , “The doctor who attended to the deceased, has been questioned and based on the facts available to us , we have not seen where we have been professionally negligent.

“ We can ’ t negotiate for compensation without asking ourselves if we were really negligent.

We wouldn’ t mind negotiating but we must be able to prove that the hospital and its personnel have been found culpable .

The deceased was never admitted to LASUTH ; she was only administered first aid to stabilise her condition before she was referred to another hospital .

“ We can only hope that a settlement can be reached and the case is not taken to court ; no amount of money can bring back the dead . ”

Olawale said if the settlement did not work , a case would subsequently be filed in court.

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