Dr. Umoh Michael, a doctor, who allegedly worked for 72 hours non-stop, has died.
According to the Nation Nigeria, Michael, a resident physician, passed away on Sunday, September 17, while attending a church service at the United Evangelical Church.
It was gathered that he had just finished a 72-hour shift at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
The chief medical director of LUTH, Prof. Wasiu Lanre Adeyemo, was informed of the doctor’s overwork in a letter from the LUTH chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors.
‘’We, the house officers, are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Umoh Michael, a co-house officer, who passed away on September 17, 2023, following a 72-hour call in the Neurosurgery Unit.
“He is said to have been on call 72hrs before arriving home on Sunday morning to get set for church service, reaching his worship centre (United Evangelical Church) where he slumped in the church at about 11 am.
“His roommate attested to the fact that Umoh Michael had barely slept in their apartment over the past one week as he was always on call or the day he returned home was around 3 a.m. after surgeries and other activities in the Neurosurgery Unit.”
Netizens have taken to X to express their thoughts about the incident.
IFTED HANDS STORE wrote: For me I doubt if na work kill this doctor, cos those doctors go just they hospital they play most time with there fellow doctors, my experience with some doctors for luth was fun, them too they play over there, i go even see some going through their phones on duties sometimes.
Another user Aishaa wrote: This is really heartbreaking I was at Luth’s yesterday and I saw the mourning of this man oh what a great loss
Also reacting is the Public Relations Officer of LUTH, Omolola Fakeye saying, “It is not true that anybody worked for 72 hours. I have not been briefed about his death.