Following the death of a passenger in the airport’s domestic wing, there was pandemonium at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja.
When the event occurred, the female passenger, simply identified as Mama Tobi, was at the boarding area for her journey to Lagos.
She was claimed to have sagged due to excessive blood pressure.
According to a lawyer, Felix Ashimole, the woman died because medical workers from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) did not respond in a timely manner.
“Where is the money that they claim was spent into upgrading the airport to world-class status?” There was no FAAN medical personnel for 13 minutes. She died in my hands and the hands of a few others. A medical practitioner on his way to Kano attempted, but “we lost her,” he added.
“However, she could have been rescued if FAAN had administered basic insulin.” She had diabetes. Her blood sugar spiked; she went into a coma; she received no medical assistance; she saw the light and headed towards it. We were reaching out to her, Mama Tobi, Mama Tobi, don’t leave us, wake up. Good morning, but saliva streamed down my throat, foams bubbled, and I knew she’d seen a better place and wouldn’t be returning!
“FAAN and the entire airline employees on the ground acted as if it didn’t matter to them. They continued announcing boarding and NEVER USED THEIR SPEAKER TO ASK IF THERE WAS ANY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ON THE GROUND. Finally, they dispatched an ambulance from their fire department to transport her body! Mummy Tobi, good night. “Your nation and people failed you,” the lawyer posted on Facebook.
It was learned that the deceased’s body was brought to the NAF Medical Centre at the airport.
When contacted yesterday night, FAAN spokesperson Mrs. Faithful Hope-Ivbaze stated that it was not accurate that FAAN did not respond on time, stating, “Our physicians were there.” We’re not happy about it. We are sorry that that happened, but God knows what is best in every scenario.”
She did, however, express FAAN’s condolences to the deceased’s family and prayed to God to offer them the strength to endure the loss.