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Man dies in LUTH after Official with Key to Oxygen Storage Cabinet was Nowhere to be Found



A Twitter user Shunster (@kpeetee) has narrated how an uncle to his boss’ friend died in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) because the official with the key to the oxygen cylinder storage cabinet was nowhere to be found.

It’s sad that incidents like this are still being recorded at hospitals in Nigeria.

Condolences to the family of the deceased.


  1. B

    January 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    A colleague little daughter literally died in her arms at luth 2weeks ago under the same circumstance….its such a shame…& our president is aboard getting the best medical care tax payers money can buy

    • Icrossmyheart

      January 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I will pay top dollar that the man or woman they are looking for to open the door is a Muslim. The laziest group of individuals and the most incompetent. They are the ones crying now in this recession. But i no fit hear their cry. Na their baba they vote for office. Na their wahala. They will kill infidel but will not mind begging infidel for money. You dont think something is wrong with their rationale, psyche???

      I am not saying All but MOST. I have had a similar experience in Abuja. They are employing them because their oga is in power. Simple english they dont know, to do the work, they no fit. But the way they will talk down on you as if they know the job!! Kai kai kai. Enough is enough.

    • Iya ibeji

      January 31, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      I read your comment on another issue and I must you are a very tribalistic person and very intolerant of others. What does a person’s religion have to do with this issue.

    • keiskwerd

      January 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      this is so ignorant!

    • Icrossmyheart

      January 31, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Because I am tying to multiple experiences I have had with this group.

      You read two comments I have made on BN and accused me of the same issue you are accusing me of. Classic. Would it be offensive if I said this is typical Nigerian response? A pastor condemns fornication and adultery but has no problem sleeping with young girls. A muslim hates christians because they are infidels but has no problem begging for money from said infidel. Never mind that I have made comments since the inception of BN about almost all groups in Nigeria.

      It is not an ignorant comment if the experiences I have had are about said group. Not one two three four but ten occasions. Ahan. I see everyone in Nigeria thr same way but when an event is repeated again and again with different people from said group then…….

      Again my experience. And if reading comprehension is your forte which I am guessing it may not be, I wrote MOST not ALL. By the way, most could be 50.1%.

    • Icrossmyheart

      January 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Huh? Anything more ignorant than beheading people because they practice a religion different than you. Anything more ignorant than raping and shooting because you want your cow to eat what people have toiled and suffered to plant? Anything more ignorant than stoning a woman to death for taking your bible from you to invigilate an exam? Anything more ignorant than an Emir marrying an eighteen year old and turning around and preaching for his people not marry more wives and they should educate the girl child? Anything more ignorant than having and allowing sitting senator who is a wellknown pedophile?

      That is the problem with Nigeria. Challenge a group well known for atrocities and violence verbally to incite the ‘innocent’ among them to sit up and speak up and you become the violent person and you wonder why they keep killing and pillaging the innocent.#thankGodforTrump.

      You will not bully me with your words. They are the laziest and most incompetent. That is why their brothers in Niger and Chad are leaving their countries to enter Nigeria because they will tell you themselves that they are the laziest and most incompetent and possibly the most ignorant.

      Ignorant of other peoples lives. Ignorant of basic human laws.

  2. Nyc

    January 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Key man went to eat amala n gbegiri across d road

  3. Chi

    January 30, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    This is sad
    He should be prosecuted

  4. Missy J

    January 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Why on earth is an individual in possession of something of that sort???
    There ought to be a place in the hospital. for things like that.
    We need thorough reformation of our health sector.
    Health workers need to attend health-related seminars, workshops and most importantly, deliverance.

    • Bleed Blue

      January 31, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Valid question! I thought the same too.

      A cynical part of me first thought it was so this key-holder person can collect some “egunge” from the patient’s family before opening up the precious cabinet.
      Another cynical part of me thought it may be so the cabinet is not subject to abuse by inexperienced hospital personnel.

      Both possibilities show the depth of rot in our society.

      My heart is breaking for the man’s wife who had the horror of her husband dying in her arms. This is just crazy sad!

  5. Frank teacher

    January 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I read it out load, and my friend hissed; “they even have oxygen”…

  6. nnenne

    January 30, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    No ambu bags?
    That and chest compressions could have bought them time, till they found the fool.

    No standard work. No systems. No processes. You will think they will do a service recovery after this. Who??
    This is exactly the same way our government work. Corruption is not the only issue. Bunch of people who are reactive instead of proactive!

    May his soul rest in peace! !!

  7. Survivor

    January 30, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Isn’t how one useless lady was shauting at everyone (include one old men) at NAUTH today at the payment centre..well wat do u one will sack her cos its a govt hospital

  8. o

    January 30, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    A friend lost his sis in similar circumstances at LUTH dialysis center some years back. She was undergoing dialysis suddenly something happened and she became distressed and need needed oxygen. Alas, no oxygen can in the whole dialysis center, all empty. Before they could rush to get from elsewhere, she gave up. When you go to LUTH, you pray for the best. Also be ready to tip for faster care. It’s sad but that is how it is. One man should not hold the keys to such a sensitive place. Why was it not kept in a box in the ward/clinic???

  9. survivor

    January 31, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Seems everyone s been oxygen in that hospital joor

  10. Baba

    January 31, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Mother in-law died because there was no extension lead to connect oxygen!!! Extension lead (£1).

  11. LisaO

    January 31, 2017 at 2:07 am

    A family friend who has sickle cell almost had a near death experience due to lack of oxygen at a hospital. Her dad was able to purchase a portable electric oxygen machine for her immediately to avoid stories that touch.

    You won’t believe that one day it blew due to power flunctuation at the hospital. I died laughing when she told me lmaoo. Smh

  12. That confused dual citizen

    January 31, 2017 at 3:40 am

    It is 8:59pm where I am and I am tired. I am tired. I wake up and pray to the universe to intervene, I live in constant fear of receiving news that the life of my loved one has been thrown away in Nigeria. I have prayed in Latin, in Arabic and in tongues for Nigeria. I am tired. I weep every day not just for myself but for the unborn children of pregnant women that line bus stops in Nigeria. What are the lives of those children going to be like, I am tired really. Everyday in religious temples, there is always the ”lets pray for Nigeria” amplified by microphones echoing two to three streets over.

    The unanswered prayers is enough to believe that there is no God and even if there is one, Nigeria is certainly not on the list of His beloved. I am tired. No more saying R.I.P, even if the concept of the soul is real, I doubt Nigerians would be resting in peace especially the ones that die senselessly like this. What is happening in Nigeria? Rape is a sport, theft is an occupation and misogyny is culture. How long is a group of people going to suffer immensely? When a group of people refuse do anything about their current state of oppression, it is no longer oppression but self inflicted misery and I think Nigeria is in that phase, What is happening My God ?! Nigerians need to understand that there is no virtue in suffering and no saintliness in being the oppressed. Who did this to us? I am tired. I feel for those soon to be born in this country, especially those born in the lower socio-economic class. May God forgive your parents for they have wronged you even before you were born. Nigeria is not working. Nigeria was not set up to succeed. Only a revolution can save Nigeria(ask Ghana).I am tired.

    • ceetoo

      January 31, 2017 at 9:52 am

      I actually cried reading this.

    • Eagleeye

      January 31, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Nigeria is truly at the stage of self inflicted suffering

  13. Abby

    January 31, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter in 2003. I went for ante natal clinic and needed to provide a urine sample. All the toilets were locked. But that’s not the story o, when I finally tracked down the janitor and got the keys, I opened the door myself and met the toilet bowl filled to overflowing with schite. With humongous flies buzzing, crawling with maggots. If they had told me, I’d have said “na lie”. Why lock up a full toilet bowl?
    I jejely gave the key back and began looking for a private clinic for further antenatal care. I later went to UCH, Ibadan when it was time to deliver.
    LUTH was a crappy hospital.
    I saw the obstetrics and gynecology professor to get a letter to NYSC for redeployment, she did. not look up, she just said matter of factly, where’s your money, colected 1000 Naira, asked her sec to type and gave it to me. On LUTH letterhead Paper.

    • Ec

      January 31, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Abby I ann glad your story did not end in sadness and it will not end in sadness.
      I pray for our country

  14. kristin

    January 31, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Only in Nigeria.

  15. Nelo

    January 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Anyone’s prayer should be, never to find yourself in LUTH. My grandmother died there over a decade ago. Doctors ands nurses have to be bribed to attend to you properly. Many of the consultants have their own clinics too. Tufiakwa. This is why I work hard.

  16. HMMMM

    January 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

    LUTH doesn’t just have oxygen, they have 2 oxygen generators on site…I know this coz I am in the industry. I have worked with lots of government hospitals and i’ll be honest with you…. this is completely avoidable. With Medical gas pipeline installations, you dnt have to run up and down to give oxygen coz the oxygen outlet is by the bed…. so you basically plug and use. I have been advocating this for years at every hospital I go but only few listen.

    Another factor is, the level of DISHONESTY in government hospitals is alarming. I can assure you that the reason Only one person has the key to the storage is to avoid other people getting access to the gas and selling them off to make extra cash……. it may also be to enable the administrative body collect payment for the gas before it is dispensed…..coz doctors have a tendency to just administer to save lives without collecting money first…..

    The pain that people go through in this country on a daily basis is unnecessarily…… every single day, someone dies unnecessarily and it’s not right!

  17. Bey

    January 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Luth is a death camp…………… infact all govt hospitals are death traps depending on who you know there or how much you have to ‘settle’ ppl to do their jobs.
    My grandma suddenly got food poisoning when we went for a burial in the village. She had to be admitted cos of dehydration. No bed space, make shift bed space was made for her at d corridor.
    We bought the cotton wool, syringes, drips and about everything they needed in setting up d drip.
    I was praying through the nite that we found her alive in d morning, before we cld take her to Lagos.

  18. DAME

    January 31, 2017 at 10:39 am

    That is how they killed my mother. I would never ever ever go to a government hospital for whatever reason. I moved to the NGO world after her death, it would amaze you to know what these NGOS are doing to support government hospital but in 6 months when we go for inspection and inventory count its one story or the other. My organisation where i work provides almost everything down to needles and hand wash basin to scale for newborns…its one story or the other. Little wonder why foreign aids are being reduced. In one organisation they slashed their funding form $18 million a years for 6 states to $7 million a year because they see our Government and their workers as lazy and unresponsive.
    We organize training and refresher courses for these government hospital workers. They would come late, eat tea-break and lunch and disappear THEN re-appear at closing time to collect their allowances.
    When people talk corruption being only at the highest of levels …I just shake my head and keep quiet. They are forgetting their aunty who is a nurse but would rather stay at home and run her private service…diagnosing patients and prescribing drugs and injection…those ladies they call Mama Nurse or Aunty Nurse in their area. The list goes on and on and on…
    When we watch foreign films what do we really watch…it is just the plot or story line or how to make ours better. We watch how responsive their fire service and how every bed in the hospitals have monitoring machines ( dunno what they are called jere) we watch all staff members are always on ground for all cases.My dears its sad, while we pray for a better Nigeria, Please stay WOKE . Google all symptoms, all prescriptions. My family friend almost died last year…all organs were shutting down, bed ridden in Luth then private then luth again, His friends were planning to fly him abroad till someone gooled the illness and discovered it was lack of Vitamin B. Brethren in 1 week he was home, what took doctors almost 3 months treating nonsense. Biko am tired, sorry for the long epistle, things like this just breaks my heart.
    IT IS SAD.

  19. Nigerman

    January 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    RIP, what a sad event. Some things do not tally about this story. Oxygen is kept in oxygen cylinder. Oxygen cylinders are available unlocked in the wards. You don’t need key to open oxygen cylinders. Is it that all the cylinders in the ward are empty or there is no oxygen cylinder at all in the ward.
    What did the patient die of. Is it a case of “‘ do not resuscitate”. How possible is it for the wife to be doing CPR and every other person stands. Who could have given her amble bag for the CPR.
    As far as negative news against hospital sells, bloggers etc will still use it to win people sensation. What about the positive news. Why are people still going to LUTH in mass. The thousand success stories are buried. I know friends and relations that have been successful treated by LUTH even after other hospitals could not handle it. I am sure many commenting here do the worse in their various workplace. It should be investigated but what I notice is that Nigerians are too sensational without asking questions.

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