Despite the police announcing it had commenced investigations into the #SaveMayowa fundraising campaign, controversy has continued to trail the initiative which was aimed at raising overseas medical fees for Mayowa Ahmed, a cancer patient receiving treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
On Thursday, police officers broke up a heated exchange outside the hospital between the patient’s relatives and some social media campaigners who helped raise funds running into millions of naira for Ms. Ahmed’s treatment.
“The Command wishes to inform all the good spirited people who had donated generously to this course that it will ensure it does not return as a hoax and every outcome of the investigation shall be made open,” Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos police spokesperson, said while announcing a “full scale” investigation and a freezing of the campaign’s bank account.
Ms. Ahmed, 31, had a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass, according to LUTH, where she was a patient.
She was brought to the hospital’s private wing on Monday, but barely 24 hours later, her family insisted on flying her outside the country, stalling “all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definite diagnosis,” the hospital said.
“The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done outside LUTH.
“Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.
“They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.”