FAAN denies negligence as female passenger dies at Abuja airport


A female passenger on her way to Lagos from Abuja slumped and died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Officials at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, on Thursday stated that the traveller had health challenge before she passed.

However, other passengers at the terminal when the incident happened on Wednesday knocked FAAN for delaying to send doctors on time to attend to the passenger before she died.

A social media post from someone who witnessed the incident, Felix Ashimole, accused FAAN of not sending medical attention when it was needed most by the passenger.

The post read in part, “For 13 minutes, no FAAN medical personnel. She died in my hands and few others. A medical doctor on his way to Kano tried but as he finally said, ‘we lost her.’

“But she would’ve been saved, had FAAN provided basic insulin. She was diabetic. Her sugar went high; she entered coma; no medical attention; she saw the light and moved towards it. We kept calling her, Mama Tobi, Mama Tobi, don’t leave us, wake up, Good morning but saliva trickled down, foams bubbled and I knew she had seen a better place and wouldn’t be coming back!

“FAAN and the entire airline staff on ground were stupidly acting as if è no concern them. They kept announcing boarding and never used their speaker to ask if there is any medical personnel on ground. Finally they brought an ambulance from their fire fighting department, to take her corpse away!”

When contacted, the acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Voke Ivbaze, confirmed the development to our correspondent but argued that the authority intervened as fast as it could.

She said, “FAAN regrets that this kind of thing happened. But she was a passenger that already had a condition and anything could just happen to anybody really.

“However, don’t expect that there are doctors around in the hall at every given time, but when they were called, the doctors came there and PCR was done on the passenger. But she still passed.

“This could have just happened anywhere but when it happens at the airport it goes viral as if the management does not care, but that’s not true, we care for our passengers.”

Voke commiserated with the family of the diseased and stated that the passenger was moved to the Nigerian Air Force medical facility at the airport.

“We are really not happy about this and our hearts go out to the family of the diseased and we pray that God should grant them the fortitude to bear the loss,” she stated, adding, that “the diseased passenger was taken to the NAF base hospital.” (Punch)

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