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Abuja Hospital Insufficient, Damage Medical Equipment Led to the Death of Young Pharmacist-Writer



The National Hospital in Abuja, which is expected to provide medical care to citizens, has been alleged of failing to quickly attend to a young man, identified as Obinna Emeka’s medical condition, leading to his death, last Saturday.


Emeka, a registered pharmacist and writer, was knocked down by a vehicle in Kubwa and was taken to Kubwa General Hospital. However, there was no medical doctor to attend to him for close to three hours before he was referred to the National Hospital,


At his arrival, Emeka was not attended to until a full body scan and x-ray were performed. The hospital’s machines have not been working for almost two years, leading to a delay in his treatment, sources said.


His family was forced to take him to a private hospital to obtain the necessary scans. By the time he was brought back to the National Hospital, his veins had collapsed, and it took the hospital medical team close to two hours to document his case before he was taken in for medical attention.


Unfortunately, it was too late, doctors said and pronounced Emeka dead.

Abuja Hospital Insufficient, Damage Medical Equipment Led to the Death of Young Pharmacist-Writer
Collage pictures of the deceased in National Youth Service Corps and his family during his burial.

Until his death, Obinna Emeka was a promising writer and pharmacist who had submitted his newest manuscript to a prominent publishing house in February 2023.


Emeka’s father, who is also a pharmacist, has called for the immediate closure of the National Hospital, stating that it is a “death trap.”


The incident has raised concerns about the lack of adequate medical facilities and resources in hospitals across the country, as well as the need for healthcare providers to prioritize patient care. The Emeka family is calling for justice and accountability for the death of their son, and they hope that this tragedy will spur the government to take swift action to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.


The story highlights the loss of a young life full of potential, leaving behind family, friends, and colleagues who will undoubtedly feel the pain of his absence for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Emeka family during this difficult time.


The story reads:

Sad: FG Please Close Down National Hospital Abuja, It’s Now a De’ath Trap – Bereaved Imo Monarch


My son, Prince Pharm. Obinna Emeka, registered pharmacist and writer was k’nocked down by a vehicle on April 1, 2023 at about 7.10pm at Kubwa. He was taken to Kubwa general hospital immediately and there was no medical doctor to attend to him for close to 3 hours before one doctor came and referred him to National Hospital.


At National Hospital, the doctors insisted that he would not be attended to until they had his full body scan and x-ray. The body scan and x-rays Machines in the National Hospital were not working and have not been working for close to two years.


He was taken to private hospital to obtain the full body scan and when my son, Pharmacist Obinna Emeka, was brought back to National hospital, it took the hospital medical team close to two hours for documentation before he was taken in for medical attention.


At this time, his veins have coll∆psed. The medical team after watching my son gradually stopped breathing came out and announced to his friends and people who brought him to the hospital that they were sorry, my son, the writer, my Prince, my pharmacist who worked with me in our pharmacy till March 31, 2023 could not make it.


I am in pains. Before his death in National Hospital, Pharmacist Obinna was a prolific writer and pharmacist with Ziga Pharmacy Ltd. He wrote his first book, Ice age, when he was in primary school. In February 2023 he submitted his manuscript for his newest book to a prominent publishing house. He was 27 years old. I am in pains. I took my son to Owerri airport on March 31, 2023 from where he flew to Abuja for a meeting and I flew to Abuja on April 2, 2023 to take his corpse back home from National Hospital mortuary. He was full of life. I have l’ost my son to incompetence and negligence.


Please to prevent further preventable deaths close down National Hospital because it is mainly a d’eath trap.


HRH Eze Pharm. Emeka



Folaranmi Ajayi is an educator, investigative journalist with special interest in education,career development for students, project writing, public speaking and online training.

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