The Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Centre (LECC) in Lekki Phase 1 has been downgraded from a specialist hospital category to a hospital status.
Executive Secretary, Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Dr. Abiola Idowu, disclosed this, yesterday, in Ikeja, Lagos.
She said the agency took the decision, following painstaking consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death of a patient in the facility on December 27, 2021, owing to alleged mismanagement.
“Following painstaking considerations of the circumstances leading to the death of the patient, the agency has decided to downgrade LECC from a specialist hospital category to hospital category for a period of three months at the first instance. This may be extended if necessary,” she stated.
She said that the outcome of the investigation revealed lack of preparedness in receiving the patient despite prior knowledge of referral from another hospital.
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 members of staff of the facility.
Meanwhile, while commiserating with the family of the late patient, Idowu assured that the agency would conduct follow-up visits to the facility to enable it take a decision on whether to reinstate the facility to a specialist hospital category during the stated period.