Man Accuses UCH of Administering Expired Vaccine to His Son
One Mr. Ore Afolayan has accused the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, of administering an expired and fake vaccine to his son on July 11, 2018.
Tweeting @TheOreAfolayan, he said, “I got to the clinic late. I was the last in the queue and I held my son down for a shot of Penta vaccine. When I looked at the bottle, I wanted to ask the nurse why the vaccine was so small, but I guessed that, since they had used it for other kids, it was the right dosage for them. But I realised that the expiry date on the bottle had since passed (June 18).
“I was shocked. When I asked why, the nurses said it was what they had been using. I showed her where the expiry date was boldly written because she kept saying it was the date of production.”
The UCH authorities later responded to Afolayan’s tweet via the hospital’s official Twitter handle, describing his allegation as false. UCH said, “The allegation of administration of expired Penta vaccine is false and a detail surrounding this matter is being investigated by all stakeholders.”
It would be recalled that one Omolade Adebisi Abiara, also took her grouse with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to Instagram on June 14, 2018 narrating how her eight-year-old daughter, whom she took to see an ENT specialist, was given a six-month appointment without a first aid or allowing her to see a doctor.
She wrote on her Instagram page that she reached LASUTH at 6am on Wednesday, 6th of June, but her daughter’s name was only called at 11.30 am and then it was only for them to be told by the “Admin” that they would have to come back in six months’ time.
She added that the “admin” told her that it was “standard practice” in the tertiary hospital to give patients appointments without seeing a doctor.
“I got a referral from Isolo General Hospital because they said they don’t have an ENT specialist there. The admin woman insulted me, saying that was their protocol at LASUTH, she didn’t even care about the ailment of my daughter.
“It was after I created a scene that she now changed it to next month. I have everything on my referral note, they cancelled it to change it to next month. Other people with critical cases were also told to come back in six months time. My issue with them was that I should at least see the doctor who should be in the best position to tell me when to come back after administering first aid.
“You can’t expect my daughter’s dripping hear to be like that for the next six months,” she said.
Another patient, also with a serious ear infection, who simply gave her name as Temitope, said she suffered a similar fate at LASUTH the same day Mrs. Abiara took her daughter to the hospital.
Temitope claimed that she was also given an appointment without seeing a doctor.
In his reaction, the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, frowned at patients taking to the social media to express their grievances about how they were treated at the hospital.
“The social media will always blow issues out of proportion, my numbers are on notice boards across the hospitals, patients can always reach me for their complaints,” he said.
Oke said the matter was under investigation and he promised to let the public know the outcome when it is concluded. All efforts to, however, to get an update on the incidence proved abortive as at press time.