Kogi Specialist Hospital Debunks Viral Social Media Report on Service Delivery

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Kogi State Specialists Hospital Lokoja has debunked a viral social media report alleging poor service delivery in the medical facility.

In a statement issued by the management of the hospital, the social media report credited to Chukwuemeka Mohammed us spurious and malicious.

The organization, in a statement on Saturday, explained that Chukwuemeka Mohammed in his write up tried albeit fruitlessly in his efforts to bring the effective service delivery status achieved by the present management of the Specialists Hospital Lokoja and administration of Governor Yahaya Bello in the revolution of the health sector into disrepute.

The statement reads in part:

“It is an acknowledged fact that the Specialists Hospital Lokoja under the present administration has been repositioned by the present administration in the areas of infrastructure, human resource, towards meeting emergencies of the Specialists Hospital Lokoja.

“It is important to state that the Hospital is amongst government agencies that has been given the leverage to opt out of the single treasury accounting system. All of these decisions are geared towards meeting patients’ emergency need and the restocking medicaments where and when necessary.

“Through Chukwuemeka’s social media post, several questions come to mind. Was there any attempt by Chukwuemeka to complain to the department responsible for insurance management in the hospital? Was there any effort to draw the attention of the Matron on compound duty, the Hospital Publicity Director or the Medical Doctor in charge of the accident and emergency to any of the challenges he encountered?

“We will like to know the clinical status of Chukwuemeka’s client before she was rushed to Specialist Hospital. Where she was referred from? Her HMO and who her primary provider is? Was any of the KSSH insurance department staff contacted? Because we intend to be fair, balanced, scientific, objective and clinical about all your claims?

“Since the establishment of Kogi State Specialist Hospital, can Chukwuemeka give us data showing that the hospital is a cemetery for burying dead people based on his quote: ‘specialist hospital has turned a death trap’

“He also alleged the CMD to be wicked and inhuman, kindly avail us all the proofs backing these claims.

“Let it be placed on record that the hospital has a 24hr policy of attending to emergencies without payment and accumulating a debt to the tune of N20,000 before the client’s relatives are contacted. We have several countless examples of person’s who are alive because of this EMERGENCY POLICY of the hospital, NHIS or NOT.

“We are in a civil society and as such, there are civil ways of addressing concerns and complaints..! With the manner and way this post was written, it seeks to undermine the management and staff of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital.

“There seem to be a clear motive behind this post which is geared towards portraying the Chief Medical Director, Prof Isah Yahaya Adagir,i in very bad light without any due diligence to fact checking and balanced reportage.

“Deliberately painting the Government of his Excellency, Yahaya Adoiza Bello in bad light for no realistic reason before the good people of Kogi State and environs. Deliberately undermining all the time, resources and attention paid to the health care sector by his Excellency, intentionally inciting public hate and stirring up civil disobedience against the hospital and government of Kogi State.

“We wish to therefore say that Chukwuemeka’s post is designed and masterminded to sell a private hospital which is his entitlement, but we frown at his attempt to denigrate or cast aspersion on a government owned hospital without clear proof or facts.

“Chukwuemeka used the term “Negligence and lack of sympathy”. We are looking forward to where he has repeatedly draw-out the attention of the hospital management to these claims and nothing was done about it by the Medical Staff of the Accident and Emergency Department or any other Emergency Department within the hospital.

“Considering the manner this post was made, we wish to remind Chukwuemeka that both the NHIS now NHIA and the Kogi State Specialist Hospital are Government owned and fully Established by law therefore, we will explore all necessary options to both address the claims you have made in the social media space without recourse to due process within 5 working days.”

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