The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has found itself embroiled in controversy following the untimely death of one of its young doctors, Dr. Michael Umoh after a 72-hour shift.
While the family grieves their tragic loss, questions surrounding the circumstances of his passing have ignited a social media storm.
Dr. Umoh, a house officer at LUTH, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023, while attending church with his parents. The news of his demise sent shockwaves through the medical community and beyond.
In the wake of this tragedy, LUTH’s management has stepped forward to address the allegations that Dr. Umoh’s death was a result of an exhausting 72-hour non-stop shift.
The hospital’s statement contradicts these claims, citing records from the Neurosurgery unit. According to the hospital, Dr. Umoh’s last on-call duty occurred on September 13th and 14th, 2023, and he was not on call on the fateful day of his passing.
This revelation challenges the narrative that had gained momentum on social media, prompting concerns about working conditions and hours for medical professionals.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, a delegation from LUTH visited the grieving family to offer condolences and gather more information about the circumstances surrounding Dr. Umoh’s death.
The family, while sharing their thoughts on contributing factors, implored that their privacy be respected and that the details not be made public.
Dr. Umoh, remembered as a diligent and hardworking house officer with a promising future, leaves a void in the medical community and the hearts of his friends and colleagues.
As questions continue to swirl about the events leading to his tragic passing, the public remains divided over the true cause of his death.
For now, the family mourns their beloved son, and LUTH management seeks to clarify the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate loss. May Dr. Michael Umoh rest in peace, and may his family find the strength to endure this profound loss.