The management of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo has insisted that the family of the Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke did not request that the hospital should carry out an autopsy on the late politician.
The hospital also debunked the claim of the family that one of them wrote a letter of authorization to the facility to carry out the postmortem examination and paid a fee for it.
The hospital, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ayodele Adeyemo, and made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday challenged the family of the deceased to produce such letter of authorization.
The hospital said its pathologists conducted the autopsy in the most professional way and did not do anything unethical in the discharge of their duties while stressing that there was no political or any interest behind what they did.
Adeyemo explained that with the completion of forms B and C by the coroner, the investigation into the death had gone beyond a family issue to becoming a criminal investigation into the cause of death and a state matter.
The statement read, “The death of the late Senator was first brought to the attention of the Management by the Medical Director of Biket where the senator’s body was first taken to. The body was met in the LAUTECH hospital with some family members and law enforcement agents including homicide detectives from the Nigeria Police.
“The Police homicide detectives handed the relevant coroner papers (forms B and C) to the hospital’s pathologist, the only authorised professional in charge of autopsy in the presence of the family members.
“It is very important to state categorically that with the completion of forms B and C of the Police ab initio, it is clear that the issue of autopsy is beyond a family wanting to know the cause of death. The import is that the autopsy has become a full criminal investigation into the death of the deceased. It needs to be stressed that the sudden death of any person at home is a coroner case that must be investigated by the Police. In a situation like that, the family no longer has a say in the matter.
“In line with Global practice and in a case like the above, such reports are not given to the family because they could be regarded as potential suspects that should not be allowed to have advance knowledge of findings of the investigations. The full autopsy report was not even made available to the Management of the hospital because the law does not permit the pathologist to do so.
“The so called authorization by one Mrs. Dupe Adeleke-Sanni as disclosed by the family could not have been the case as the autopsy became coroner’s case as stated above. What Mrs. Dupe Sanni wrote after the completion of the autopsy was what she called ‘Certificate of Honour’ to the hospital with following content: “on behalf of the Adeleke family, I, Mrs Dupe Sanni hereby certified that the family is satisfied and hereby confirmed our confidence in the pathology examination conducted by the Pathologist in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo on Senator Isiaka Adeleke, and we are therefore not interested in requesting for a repeat of the examination in any other hospital.” The above statement was signed. The Management challenges the family to produce the authorization letter being claimed by the family.
“On the allegation of payment of fee for autopsy, LAUTECH Hospital, like all other hospitals, works round the clock, tests, drugs and procedures can be done and be paid for at any time of the day. Indeed, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo has a fully functional automated payment system that will issue receipts instantly. The truth is that NO PAYMENT WAS MADE by the Adeleke family to the hospital for the autopsy. It is clearly an attempt to smear the hospital to suggest that hospital which runs Children and Adult emergencies could not issue a receipt for payment made on a Sunday.
” On the allegation of refusal to give tissue (sample) by the hospital, suffice to say that if the family of the deceased are keenly interested in obtaining the samples for autopsy by other agencies/ hospitals, it behoves on them to apply to the coroner for that. The hospital challenges the family to provide a previous letter of application for tissues which was reportedly rejected by the hospital.
“Hospital discharges its professional duties ethically and we are proud of the conduct of the hospital’s team.
“We commiserate with the Adeleke family, the people of the great town of Ede and indeed the entire people of Nigeria on the death of this illustrious son. His death was very painful to many people. We in the hospital who were saddled with the responsibility of not just mourning him, but also investigating the cause of his sudden death did our job under very difficult circumstances. We restate that our conduct was strictly based on professional principles. The hospital is devoid of other interest.”