Doctor Abayomi Baiyewu, from Obitoks Hospital in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, who performed two surgeries on the late Adebola Akin-Bright, has been revealed not to be a certified surgeon.
This revelation emerged from the House of Assembly ad hoc committee’s investigation into Adebola’s demise.
The committee’s chairman, Noheem Adams, officially disclosed Adebola’s passing during the plenary on Friday, September 22, and highlighted that Dr. Baiyewu had conducted the surgeries based on his medical doctor experience without proper surgical credentials.
He said: Baiyewu did not conduct any examination on the boy before the first surgery. He only relied on the report from the initial hospital he was taken to. And when Adebola complained of stomach pains, he was taken back to Obitoks Hospital where Baiyewu carried out another round of surgery by himself.”
According to him, the boy developed further complications and he was taken to LASUTH where his intestine was confirmed missing.
He added: “Dr. Baiyewu told us the parts were mistakenly discarded, and that he planned to do a third surgery before the boy was taken to LASUTH.”
The speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk, Olalekan Onafeko, to write to the state police command to effect Baiyewu’s arrest.
Obasa also asked the committee to look into other areas, including inviting officials of the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) which is backed by law to monitor the operations of private hospitals operating in the state.
According to him, the committee should review the extant law to determine if it requires amendment.
The House, however, commiserated with the bereaved family, while Deputy Speaker Mojisola Meranda moved that the hospital be sealed.