Mary Samuel, a nurse who works at Trauma and Surgical HospitalOniru, Lagos has told how she was physically assaulted by the relatives of admitted patient Odinachi Durugo for refusing to give her medication against the intervals indicated by a doctor.
Samuel told FIJ that she was beaten by Durugo’s two sisters on May 24, after the patient told them that medicine was not given to her in time when she needed it.
“I resumed my duties around 8 am that day and was reassigned to Durugo. The nurse who was originally caring for her was called to accompany another patient to an ambulance for a test,” Samuel told FIJ in an interview.
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“The nurse handed Durugo over to me saying that she should be given painkiller at 1 p.m.
“But at 12:50 p.m. Durugo, who was handed over to me, started ringing her doorbell, calling my attention, and I went to take care of her.
“She told me she was in pain and wanted her painkillers. I told her she shouldn’t take any medicine until 1pm, but I would give it to her right away because she was in pain. I prepared the medicine and gave it to him at 12:58 p.m.
“But, shortly after, she pressed the bell again at 1.30pm to ask when she would receive her next medication. I told her it would be at 6 p.m. and she said okay.
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DURUGO’S DEMAND FOR MORE DRUGS
Samuel said Durugo would continue to call the nurses’ station asking for more medicine.
“At 2 p.m. she rang the doorbell again and I walked in. She then told me that she was in pain, and that even if it was paracetamol, I had to give it to her. Meanwhile, at this point, pain relief in the form of intravenous fluids was still being passed through his body. So, I couldn’t honor his request,” she said.
“At 2:30 p.m. she called back and told me she was in pain. I told her that I couldn’t give her anything apart from the procedure that had been established by the doctors. I also made it clear to him that the necessary medications had been given to him and that his next medications would be at 6 p.m.
“When she rang the doorbell again after a few minutes, I asked a caregiver to come and see her. When the assistant arrived, she said she needed to relieve herself. After that, she again asked the assistant when the next round of medication would be given to her. The assistant came to me to ask on her behalf and I told her 6 p.m. again.
“At 3 p.m. she pressed the bell again and said she was in pain. I explained to her that I couldn’t give her the meds at that time and she threatened to report me to my boss and I told her to go ahead because I couldn’t go to the against the doctor’s prescription.
Samuel told FIJ that she reported the matter to her HOD, making sure another nurse was present.
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AGGRESSION OF MEMBERS OF DUGO’S FAMILY
“My HOD refused to see her but instead asked me to report to the doctor on call. The doctor wrote out new prescriptions which were due for him at 4pm and I administered them. Luckily his nurse came back and I gave it to him immediately,” Samuel said.
“However, when he went to administer the next dose of medication at 6 p.m., she refused to allow him to treat her and told him she wanted me. Meanwhile, the nurse reportedly said she overheard her telling his relatives on the phone that I was refusing to relieve his pain all day and that they should start coming to the hospital.
“An hour later, two strangers entered the hospital to ask me. I told them I was Mary and they started beating me, saying I was the one who made their sister cry on the phone.
“They tore my uniform and marked me on my neck and face.
“When my boss came back he said he was going to fire them right away and they should apologize to me. However, when he went to see the patient and came back he said. said I should be the one to apologize to the patient.
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Samuel said she refused to apologize because she was sure she hadn’t offended the patient and her family members in any way.
When the IFJ contacted the hospital for comment on the incident, Jane Olanipekun, the hospital administrator, asked our reporter to come to the hospital to hear the details, as there were many aspects.