The Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof Akeem Lasisi, yesterday disclosed that Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died suddenly on April 23rd, was given an overdose of banned injection, Analgin, by someone who isn't a certified medical personnel.
Lasisi made the disclosure when he appeared before a coroner, Olusegun Ayilara, investigating the death of Senator Adeleke, in Osogbo yesterday May 15th.
According to the Chief Medical Director, the injections given to Adeleke when he complained of leg pain, was Analgin which had been banned during the tenure of former NAFDAC boss, late Prof Dora Akunyili.
“I saw the corpse. Before any process of examination of any diagnosis in medicine, there is what we call history before examination. So, we asked for the person who knew the conditions surrounding the death of the senator. So, the family pointed to one of the aides and the aide said he was active the previous day and he came at midnight and started complaining of leg pain. So, they sent for somebody who came to give him injections. I asked clearly the medical status of the person that administered the injections. I asked, ‘Is the person a doctor?’ but he said no. ‘Is he a nurse’?, he said he didn’t know but the person was a face they were used to. He mentioned various injections, so at that point I asked him if could lay his hands on the empty ampoules of the injections. The family members went home to get them. The injections were five per cent dextrose. We saw empty sachets; it was like a fluid and with it, we saw an intravenous fluid-giving set and scalp vein needle. We saw that empty. We saw two ampoules of Analgin, four ampoules of valium (diazepam) – 10ml each making 40 milligrammes, one ampoule of pentazocine, one ampoule of gentamicin and two ampoules of hydrocortisone. All of these were empty and his aide said these were what he was given. He also added that after he had been given, he (Adeleke) called him that he doesn’t want to entertain any visitor and he went to sleep. He said he later went back to check him and saw that the senator’s eyes were wide open but he wasn’t breathing. Analgin has been outlawed since the days of Dora Akunyili in NAFDAC. So, I don’t know where they got it from. They were given in excess dosage” Lasasis said