The Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Centre (LECC) has been downgraded from a Specialist Hospital category to a Hospital category.
The Executive Secretary, Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Dr Abiola Idowu who disclosed this today in her office at Ashabi Cole Street, Alausa, Ikeja stated that the Agency took the decision following painstaking consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death of a patient in the facility on 27th December 2021 due to alleged mismanagement.
“Following painstaking considerations of the circumstances leading to the death of the patient on 27th December 2021, the Agency has decided to downgrade LECC from a Specialist Hospital category to Hospital category for a period of three months in the first instance. This may be extended if necessary,” she stated.
She explained that the outcome of the investigation revealed a lack of preparedness in receiving the patient despite prior knowledge of referral from another hospital.
Dr. Idowu however stated that the facility is expected to rectify the shortcomings observed during the investigation within the three months period and also make available the necessary protocols for the management of common cardiac cases which she said should also be disseminated to the staff of the facility.
While commiserating with the family of the late patient, Dr Idowu assured that the Agency will conduct follow-up visits to the facility to enable it to make a decision on whether to reinstate the facility to a Specialist Hospital category during the stated period.
Muyideen Ayokunle Uthman
Head, Public Affairs (HEFAMAA)
Monday, 20th June 2022