FMC Yenagoa Probes Death Of Little Child

Yenagoa – The management of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a little child in the hospital last Friday.

Mr. Bernard Akpedi, the Public Relations Officer of the FMC, confirmed the development to our correspondent on Monday.

The parents of the deceased child, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mbonu, alleged that they lost their baby at the tertiary health institution after a doctor reportedly injected him with overdose of drug.

Mrs. Mbonu said, “When the doctor came in, she (the doctor in question) was mixing the drug; and she shook the drug for close to 30 minutes.

“So, the other doctor there asked her: ‘why are you shaking this drug for so long?’ She said she has to shake it very well. They used to cut this drug and use 2mls syringe, why are you using 5mls syringe for my son? She said, ‘do I want to teach her, her job?’”

She continued: “I brought out my baby’s leg, she now used 5mls syringe and injected the first one with speed; collected the second one and injected, the third one; then my baby vomited on my body. As soon as he vomited, my baby was just shrinking.

“I was shouting, “Doctor, doctor. She left immediately. I was running in the FMC, they didn’t talk to me. My baby died in my hands”.

There had been several complaints by persons who seek medical services at the FMC Yenagoa over alleged negligence and shabby treatment of patients by nurses and doctors at the hospital.

Mr. Mbonu, father of the deceased child, appealed to the police and other relevant stakeholders to come to their aid.

He vowed that he would use the unfortunate death of their child to fight against the injustice little children were subjected to at hospitals.

However, Akpedi noted that “management (of the FMC) is very unhappy and sad about the death of the child”, adding that the management was surprised over the occurrence of the incident.

He said, “Management has set up a seven-man committee headed by a senior consultant. The committee does not comprise persons from the FMC alone. They have a representative from the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) as well.

“We want to be as transparent as possible and ensure the true report of all that transpired. Expectedly, the committee will turn in its report at the end of this week”.

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Author: Igoniko Oduma