The strike by the health workers union, JOHESU has claimed the
nation’s only neuropathologist, Professor EU Akang. He died of a
heart condition on December 30, 2014 on his way to a private
hospital to seek medical assistance.
The 52-year old Professor Akang, who had become ill and was
experiencing some symptoms, put a call on the day to a
cardiologist at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan,
Already assured that he could come to the hospital’s accident
and emergency department, the professor was driven down to be
met at the hospital’s emergency department by a senior registrar in cardiology who claimed not much could be done for him, but
subsequently referred him to a private hospital.
The professor, who already had challenges breathing and really
sick, however, was not fortunate to get to the private hospital
because he died on the way.
Chief Medical Director, UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, in a reaction to his death that spread through the hospital and his professional colleagues, described the incident as unfortunate.
The CMD, while stating that all the various machinery at the emergency department should have been deployed maximally to attend to him, declared “I want to believe that the strike action and the fact that the facilities available at the emergency not being fully utilized contributed to his death.”