By Benjamin Omoike
Management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has reacted to the viral video showing the poor treatment of nursing mothers who had to take shelter at the hospital corridor.
A woman, whom, however, did not show her face, had posted a video online lasted Wednesday, alleging that the hospital management had thrown out nursing mothers from it’s lodge, without prior notice, while also lamenting poor state of facilities at the hospital.
The hospital management, while reacting to the development in a statement, said the video was a total misrepresentation of what transpired.
While admitting that the hospital, on Wednesday, experienced some challenges with the place where mothers stay, it noted that the particular facility also houses a Crèche illegally attached to it.
“We needed to evacuate the Crèche to create more space for mothers to stay. Our Neonatologists have even syndicated some money to improve and expand the place for the comfort of mothers.
“There was a challenge during the evacuation of the Crèche, the attention of LUTH management was called to this. The CMAC, Head of Neonatology Unit and her team members went immediately to the place to clarify issues.
“The Cretche was evacuated and the mothers were left in the building.
“The lady who posted the video and other mothers were aware of the efforts of the Management. It was therefore a surprise to see the video online,” the hospital statement read.
LUTH management also insisted that the women captured in the video sitting on the floor of the hospital corridor, had nothing to do with the event the poster referred to.
“She was aware that the issue was well managed by LUTH management within 15 minutes.
“It is unfortunate that an individual will go this extent, taking advantage of the unmitigated freedom afforded by the social media age to smear the LUTH name even though, her baby was successfully treated till discharge in the same Hospital.
“The newly refurbished, wide corridor, with blue polycarbonate roof shown in the video was colonised by visiting relations of parents of children in nearby children’s wards and Children’s Emergency Centre. Some bring as many as four to sevenl relatives visiting and they crowd the place. LUTH and nobody has ever been allocated a corridor for anyone to stay. We, however, don’t drive those who hold court there, despite the inconveniences,” the hospital said.