Wrong diagnosis killed my wife – Oshiomhole

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has revealed how doctors wrongly diagnosed the breast cancer that eventually killed his wife, Clara.

He made this known at the Founder’s Day and Launching of Endowment Fund of the University of Bénin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Thursday.

Oshiomhole called for a review of Nigeria’s medical system so that doctors treat patients only in that aspect in which they have competence.

He added that the menace of wrong diagnoses could be prevented by government if it provides robust regulation on the health system.

The party boss said he would have sued the doctors involved in his wife’s case had it happened in another clime.

Oshiomhole said, “You visit a hospital, one doctor is (a) gynaecologist, psychologist, pediatric, and the doctor treats everything. My wife was unfortunate to have been diagnosed as having something different while the cancer in her breast was growing.

“This generalised system of medical system is what we must review. It is not the task of government that things are not working. People elect government to make things work. That was why I decided to build what I called Five Star hospital to replace the decayed Central Hospital. I do hope that one day that hospital will open and you will see the equipment.

“One thing we need to do is appropriate compensation. When we have the right policy framework, the other level of compensation, people are paid according to, I believe doctors working outside the country will come back.”

Clara Oshiomhole died on December 7, 2010 in Abuja.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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