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Nadi hospital staff accused of negligence

The family of a former Nadi businessman is demanding answers from the Ministry of Health after he did not get urgent medical attention when he visited the Nadi Hospital on the 8th of this month. Mr Mohammed Kaiyum, 49, passed away at the emergency unit at 4.30am on June 9 and was laid to rest […]

Peni Shute

June 28, 2016 11:05 am

The family of a former Nadi businessman is demanding answers from the Ministry of Health after he did not get urgent medical attention when he visited the Nadi Hospital on the 8th of this month.

The late Mohammed Kaiyumand his son Muqtadeer Saif Kaiyum. (Facebook)
The late Mohammed Kaiyum (left) and his son Muqtadeer Saif Kaiyum. (Facebook).

Mr Mohammed Kaiyum, 49, passed away at the emergency unit at 4.30am on June 9 and was laid to rest at the Damanu Cemetry in Nadi.

Mr Kaiyum’s son Muqtadeer Saif Kaiyum told Newswire that they were planning to take the matter further as they had video evidence showing that the nurses on duty did not take urgent action when his father had severe chest pains.

KAIYUM: “They should have worked to according to their prescribed duties, you could have seen in the video there was negligence and attitude, that is not the first time they have done that my Dad has gone to the hospital a few times and he has been treated like that. I would say they are ignorant I have seen Nadi Hospital it is not short staffed, they have emergency staffs sometimes the ladies and nurses are seen sitting around using Facebook I mean when you ask them to do something they will tell you that they are on their break. I mean it is an emergency you are never on a break.

He said that they took their father to Nadi Hospital’s emergency department at about 7 am and was attended to after three hours.

Two videos posted on Facebook showed the 49-year-old man in extreme pain and calling for immediate medical attention. A nurse was seen in the video walking past him a few times but not responding to Mr Kaiyum’s repeated calls for help.

KAIYUM: “The video was taken on the early morning of the 8th of June, according to the Death Certificate it said that it was a Cardio genic shock.

Muqtadeer said their father could have been assisted.

KAIYUM: “The cardiac arrest, he only had a heart attack only once but it was a minor one, it was two weeks prior to his death and the chest pains that he had on that day even that could have been cured, I mean 15 minutes there is two videos…with 15minutes without medications or injections you can easily save a person.”

Muqtadeer stated that they were speaking to a lawyer and would take the matter further after their father’s 40-day rituals.

KAIYUM: “We are waiting for my Dad’s 40 days rituals to finish, at the moment we are not at the liberty to do anything, we’ve talked to our lawyers and we are going to proceed with this matter. We are just waiting for his 40 days to finish because that is more important to us, as you can see in the video he wanted to put this up further so that is exactly what we are going to do.”

A health ministry spokesperson told Newswire that the ministry was looking into the matter.

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