Medical Doctor D!es following 72-hour relentless shift at Lagos University Teaching Hospital

A medical Doctor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba., kicked the bucket during a Sunday community gathering subsequent to playing out a 72-hour medical procedure without a break at the neurosurgery unit.

 

In a letter by the Association of Resident Doctor, dated September 19 and addressed to LUTH’s main clinical director, the doctors blamed their senior colleague for harassing, giving them unpleasant call hours without breaks, and not providing feeding and good accommodation.

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The letter named, ‘An Appeal By The House Officers Of LUTH’ partly read, “We the house officers are in deep grief over the loss of our colleague, a co-House officer. (Dr Umoh Michael) who died on 17th September 2023, after having a 72hrs call in Neurosurgery Unit. He is said to have been on call 72 hours before arriving home on Sunday morning to get set for church service, reaching his worship centre (United Evangelical Church) where he slumped in the church at about 11 a.m.

 

“His roommate attested to the fact that Umoh Michael has barely slept in their apartment over the past one week as he was always on call or the day he returns home is around 3 am after surgeries and other activities in the Neurosurgery Unit.”

 

Continuing, it stated, “Have long-standing challenges since we resumed housemanship here and one most striking challenge is the bullying we received from our senior colleagues, stressful call hours without breaks in between, no call food, no good accommodation.

 

“House officers, who did call the previous day, should be allowed either half day the next day or allowed to resume work by midday the following day” and “house officers should not be made to work 48hrs at stretch.

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“The compulsory House check at the beginning of the House job should be free or grossly subsidised for House officers.

Our senior colleagues (senior registers and registrars) should make the work environmentally friendly for us; House officers should not do work of potters, nurses or patient relatives.”