Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
IT didn’t matter a medical doctor, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is in charge of Delta State, four promising fresh babies have been reportedly left to die in General Hospital, Sapele.
The babies died minutes after delivery due to power outage, negligence and absenteeism of a alleged drunk medical doctor who abdicated his duty.
Angered by the avoidable tragedy, bereaved parents and visitors staged a peaceful protest on Friday to register their grievances at the hospital.
They alleged negligence, dearth of facilities, poor electricity supply and demanded justice from the state government.
A brother of one of the bereaved mothers, Mr Benjamin Ikeji, who spoke to OASIS MAGAZINE, said his brother-in-law brought his pregnant wife to the hospital at about 5:00 p.m last Thursday.
According to him, “When we brought her, the doctor told us my sister was not in labour yet and I waited till 10:00p.m before going back home.
“I called my sister this early morning (Friday), and she told me that the baby was stuck and the nurses told her they could do nothing since the doctor was not around.
“And when I came this morning, I met the doctor who told me there was nothing she could do since there was no light (electricity).
“I bought fuel for them and the next thing I heard was that my sister’s baby was dead and all the babies delivered that night died too,” Ikeji lamented.
Another bereaved father, Mr Newton Oroba, who said his wife also lost her newborn after delivery at the labour ward in the hospital same night, alleged that the only doctor, who was on duty that night, was drunk.
“You could feel it from his breath when he came around 9:00p.m, yesterday (Thursday), and when he left, he did not return,” Oroba claimed.
One of the nurses, however, gave a different version of what led to the number of infant fatality the night.
“Two died in their mothers’ wombs, while two infants died after delivery, it is not the doctor’s fault,” she argued.
The nurse, who would not disclose her identity, could not explain why the drunk doctor was not on duty as his routine demanded.
Stonix News, however, gathered that there was an outrage immediately the alleged drunk doctor emerged in company of his colleagues, as the angry bereaved mothers and their relatives confronted him with demand to explain the reason for his absence on duty.
His colleagues reportedly fled into hideout while the accused doctor escaped into one of the rooms and locked himself up.
Sensing danger, the management of the hospital swiftly drafted the police and vigilante men at about 10:00p.m to quell a possible breakdown of law and order.
Stonix News gathered that the development paralyzed activities at the hospital on Friday morning with the main gate firmly padlocked while they left patients in wards unattended to.
A 46-year-old Onofekohwo James, while reacting to the development, affirmed that: “negligence has become a regular occurrence at the Sapele Central Hospital.”
“When the former medical director was here, he did not not allow this rubbish, now we are facing rubbish,” he added.
Angered by the presence of journalists who were making more enquiries from patients, some doctors were said to have chased them out of the premises, with a threat to beat them up.
“We will break your cameras and beat you up and nothing will happen,” one of the doctors raged, while violently pushing a journalist and hurling curses on them.
The management of the hospital as well as the Delta State Ministry of Health have yet to react formerly to the incident.