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Childbearing death unacceptable


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Childbearing death unacceptable

By Emmanuel Okubenji

 

Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammed Pate, has expressed displeasure at the death of a woman during child birth at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, describing the circumstances of her death as unacceptable.

According to Dr. Teddy Agida of the hospital's Medical Advisory Committee, the deceased, 26-year-old Nana Lasisi, could not be delivered through the normal process, so the hospital opted for a Caesarean operation. Unfortunately, during the operation that the patient fell off the table in what he described as “emergency situation” within the labour theatre.

The resulting injuries led to her death. She left behind a baby boy.

“This is a case of maternal mortality happening in a tertiary hospital, it is really regrettable and unacceptable, and there is no reason for a woman to die on a normal physiological exercise of pregnancy case.

“It is not acceptable for a pregnant woman undergoing labour to fall off the table, develops puerperal psychosis and then go on to die, it is not acceptable.” Pate said,on a fact finding mission to the hospital.
 

He dismissed explanations offered by the hospital management for the incident, saying “I don’t buy the idea of psychosis, let us not look into that until the investigation is concluded.”

Pate said that all concerned would be appropriately dealt with after a thorough investigation of the circumstances that led to Mrs. Lasisi’s death.

 

 

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