The Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has berated the chairman of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Wale Lasisi, for his tirade against the ace musician, broadcaster, and the proprietor of Fresh FM 105.9, Ibadan Yinka Ayefele…..CONTINUE READING....CONTINUE READING
Lasisi had, in a statement last week, attacked Ayefele for airing on his chit-chat programme which he co-anchors with another broadcaster ‘Let’s Talk About It’, the case of a woman who went through a caesarian section.
The doctor who undertook the surgery forgot a sanitary pad in the woman’s stomach thereby causing her serious ill-health for two years.
The woman was said to be currently in need of urgent medical attention but did not get much from the private hospital in Ibadan which committed the surgical error.
Frustrated by the attitude of the hospital, the husband was said to have taken the matter to Ayefele’s programme for the attention of the public but that all efforts made by the team of Fresh FM reporters to get the hospital to react or do the needful were unfruitful. Consequently, Ayefele aired the story.
But Lasisi was said to have described Ayefele as a quack broadcaster, saying he and Fresh FM have no right to air the issue or seek clarification. He insisted that the case should have been reported to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
He also demanded a public apology for failure of which he would seek litigation against both parties.
Reacting, however, the Oyo State Council of NUJ blasted the medic, saying he was displaying arrogance at the expense of human life, adding that his arrogance made the case degenerate to this level by refusing to call on the said doctor and hospital to cooperate in ways that can bring an amicable solution which Ayefele earlier sought.
The NUJ statement, which was signed by its chairman and secretary Comrades Ademola Babalola and Sola Oladapo respectively, described the statement by the NMA as a volte-face and misguided.
It read in part: “The NMA chairman, in a reckless statement signed by him, riled against the media discussion of an act of criminal negligence by a doctor who carried out a caesarian section on a woman and left a sanitary pad in the woman’s tummy before sealing her up.
“The patient developed serious complications after the act of negligence and is currently in dire need of urgent medical intervention to save her life.
“After the hospital refused to address the complication arising therefrom, the spouse of the patient visited Fresh FM to lay the matter at the public court through the media.
“As a trained media proprietor, Ayefele dispatched a team of reporters and videographers to investigate the matter and the station even tried to explore the possibility of resolving the matter without bringing it to the public.
“While the patient and her spouse gave their account of the incident, the hospital (name withheld) blatantly refused to speak or clarify its position.
“Left with no option but to go public, the matter was discussed on Let’s Talk About It, a popular quasi-Ombudsman chit-chat programme on Fresh FM with Ayefele and Enitan Olusegun Bamidele as co-anchors…..CONTINUE READING