The families of four newborn babies have been thrown into mourning in Delta State. They were thrown into mourning after their babies died due to alleged negligence by the doctor on duty at the Sapele Central Hospital, in the Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
While lamenting over their deaths, the victims’ families alleged that the doctor on duty was drunk, adding that there was no power supply in the hospital.
The families also added that there was no power supply in the hospital. According to Punch, a relative of the victim, Benjamin Ikeji said that all the mothers that were due for delivery lost their babies that night.
He said, “When we brought my sister to this hospital, the doctor told us that it was not yet time for her delivery, and I, and my sister’s husband waited till 10 pm.
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“At midnight my sister said the baby was stuck and the nurses couldn’t do anything because the doctor was not around.
“In the morning, I met the doctor who said there was nothing he could do since they had no light. I bought fuel for them that night before I left and the next thing I heard was that my sister lost the baby.”
Another victim said his wife has been traumatized by the incident. He said, “The doctor on duty was drunk. We came to the hospital around 9 pm and left. Only to come back in the morning, my wife said she lost her newborn”
Some patients and relatives of the deceased victims, upon sighting the doctor, reportedly confronted him by demanding an explanation for his absence while on duty.
Efforts to reach the hospital management for a reaction failed as workers in the hospital declined to speak.
The state commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, has not made any comments on this as of the time of this report.