The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has issued a statement to set the record straight regarding the tragic passing of one of its house officers, Dr. Michael Umoh. Contrary to recent allegations circulating on social media, LUTH asserts that Dr. Umoh did not succumb to a grueling 72-hour call duty.
According to the official statement released by LUTH’s management team in Lagos, Dr. Umoh tragically passed away on September 17 while attending church with his parents. The hospital management expressed its condolences to the grieving family and respected their request for privacy during this difficult time.
In an effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding Dr. Umoh’s death, the statement reveals that the last time he was on call occurred on September 13th and 14th, 2023. He was not on call on the 15th, 16th, and the day of his passing on the 17th. Instead, he was at home with his parents on September 16 and 17.
To further emphasize the facts, LUTH provided a detailed record from the Neurosurgery unit, dispelling any misconceptions regarding Dr. Umoh’s work schedule. In total, Dr. Umoh was on call for a total of four days in September 2023, clearly refuting the notion of an extended 72-hour shift.
LUTH extended its support to Dr. Umoh’s family by sending a delegation to commiserate with them and gain additional insights into the circumstances surrounding his untimely death. While the family shared their thoughts on possible contributing factors, they earnestly requested that their privacy be respected, and the specifics of their discussion not be made public.
The statement from LUTH characterized Dr. Michael Umoh as a dedicated and diligent house officer, describing him as a promising young professional. His loss is deeply mourned by his friends and colleagues, and LUTH expressed its heartfelt condolences, saying, “May his soul rest in peace, and may the Almighty give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
This official statement serves to clarify the facts surrounding Dr. Umoh’s passing and provide accurate information to address recent speculations.