FMC Yenagoa probes baby’s death blamed on doctor’s negligence

Posted by News Express | 18 April 2018 | 1,741 times

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The management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yenagoa, says it has constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a baby in the hospital amidst several cases of unprofessional conduct by trainee doctors who are left to attend to teeming patients. 

The minor, a baby boy who was allegedly administered an over dose died on April 13 2018. 

Mr. Bernard Akpedi, the Public Relations Officer of the FMC, confirmed that the demise of the patient has been reported. 

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 a prescribed drug.

This incident is happening amidst several cases of negligence resulting to avoidable deaths n the hospital lately.

“The Management is very unhappy and sad about the death of the child, indeed management was surprised over the occurrence and is bent of probing into it.

“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,” Akpedi said.

Mrs. Mbonu said that the female doctor was mixing the drug for an unusually long time for close to 30 minutes.

“I was worried because of the long shaking. 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 2 mls syringe, why are you using 5mls syringe for my son? She said, ‘Do I want to teach her, her job?’

“I brought out my baby’s leg, she now used 5 mls 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!! Doctor!!!’ She left immediately. I was running in the FMC, they didn’t talk to me. My baby died in my hands,” she said amidst tears

Mbonu, father of the deceased child sought the assistance of regulatory agencies in the health sector to check the rising cases of professional negligence in the health sector.

He vowed that he would leave no stone unturned in the effort to fight against the injustice little children were subjected to at hospitals, adding that his ordeal was one too many.

 


Source: News Express

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