Four days after his death at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, the management of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Wednesday denied ever discharging the late former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina, from the hospital six weeks ago.
Adesina was rushed to UCH under an emergency situation on September 19.
He was later transfered to St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos four days after his health condition had worsened.
The UCH management maintained that the discharge of the former governor was at the instance of the family and political associates and not the hospital.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Prof. Temitope Alonge, while fielding questions from journalists, at the commencement of the 55th year anniversary of the hospital, insisted that the death of Adesina had nothing to do with his transfer out of UCH, but due to nature.
He said death would come when it would come and it could be anywhere.
Recalling the efforts made by his hospital when the late governor was rushed in, Alonge said he was brought to the hospital almost in coma, a state of health almost enough for the family to give up on him, but recovered after 24 hours after which it was discovered that he had kidney challenges and was placed on dialysis.
He clarified that the discharge and transfer of the late former governor out of UCH was not due to inefficiency or lack of equipment to take care of him.
He confirmed that the hospital offered Adesina the best that could be offered as a very important personality, but, still had to bow to the wishes of his associates.
Alonge said the management refused to grant the earlier request made by the associates to transfer the former governor out when, by the judgment of the hospital, his condition was not clinically stable and by the time, he was allowed to go, he could travel for 16 hours non-stop.
Speaking on the 55th anniversary of the hospital, Alonge, who said the theme of the celebration is “Rebirth of Excellence in Safety and in Health” looked back and said, “we know our challenges and we are confronting them headlong.
“We would neither be discouraged nor be perturbed. We would keep trudging on to sustain the great name and achievements of the hospital.”
He disclosed that during the week long celebration, there would be the commissioning of the Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric Centre endowed by the former Board of Trustees Chairman (BoT) of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih.