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COVID-19: It’s unethical to reject patients – Minister tells Hospitals

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has condemned the issue of rejecting patient by some hospitals due to the fear of COVID-19, saying it is unethical to reject patients who come to hospital for treatment as every person who comes to the hospital must be seen and attended to and or at the least, given advice if their case cannot be handled at such hospital.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing recently, he said “Tell patients where to go or call ambulance transport for them. But to say go we don’t handle it go, is unethical.”

He advised that such incidence should be reported to the appropriate authorities whenever. “Write to the Governing Board of the hospital and lay your complaints or you can write to the Federal Ministry of Health or State Ministry of Health if in a State; If it is in a private hospital, write to the Chief Medical Director or Governing Board.

Dr. Ehanire disclosed that the Ministry of Health does receive such complaints and “appropriate steps are usually followed to resolve it. If in cases where it is proven that there is an infringement on the part of a doctor, it is referred to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. And it is well known that they have gone as far as withdrawing licenses of doctors for cases of very serious unethical behavior.”

Photo: Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire at Press Briefing


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