- The management of Bwari General Hospital in Abuja disclosed why the circumstances leading to the death of a woman who was delivered of a triplet in its facility
- The hospital management explained that the woman died from excessive bleeding
- The hospital’s managing director, Osanyande Osagie attributed the patient's demise to the ongoing health workers’ strike
Emerging reports have it that the management of Bwari general hospital in Abuja has disclosed why the circumstances leading to the death of a woman who was delivered of a triplet in its facility.
Premium Times reports that reported how the children had been left stranded after their mother died shortly after birth, and how the family requested public help for the kids.
It was learnt that Nkechi Okonya was due for delivery on April 20 and was rushed to a Primary Health Centre in Kogotu village in Bwari Area Council where she was delivered of one of the children prematurely at about 9:30 a.m.
She was later referred to Bwari General hospital when the remaining babies could not come out.
The hospital’s managing director, Osanyande Osagie, later told that the general hospital tried its best to save the woman, but claimed her late arrival at the facility did not help.
Osagie said: “The patient was transferred from Kigotu PHC in Bwari. The referral letter wrote 10:am but the woman got to our hospital around 4 p.m. and by 5 p.m. she was already in the theatre but her situation is already complicated.
“We were able to deliver the remaining two children through operation but then she had lost a lot of blood to the point that the body can no longer control itself and it now moves to what we call the CIC. We have to go out of the way to get blood for her because we could not get anything tangible from her husband who was already drunk. We gave her four pints of blood before she finally died.
“No we did not drive them away. They left in the morning around 7am. You can ask them, we did not collect a dime from the family for all the services we rendered because we saw how complicated the situation was and we are more keen on saving the life first. We have two ambulance in the facility unlike what they said.”
It was learnt that the health centre at Kogotu, Bwari area council, where the first of the triplets was delivered. The facility was deserted because of the ongoing health workers’ strike which has crippled federal, state and local government hospitals and has left millions without care for more than a month now.
“We have reviewed this case in the hospital. We invited the person in charge of the PHC in Bwari where she had the first child. We also invited the directorate of health in Bwari Area Council.
“The PHC should have even referred her earlier from the period of antenatal not during delivery because they have no business doing that. We have surveillance on maternal death. Every death is reviewed and every body involved is scored so as to prevent recurrence.”
Sunday Joji, the head of the department of health at the area council said the objective of the review was not for fault-finding but to improve service delivery in the hospitals involved.
Joji said: “What we did is the maternal death review. It is not a public record or fault finding. It is for the hospitals involved to improve their services in areas that there are lapses. If there was an issue of delayed referrals or delay in operation or administration of medicine, we look at the issues critically to avoid recurrence.
“It will be punitive if we make this review investigative and fault finding and when it is so, people will not tell you exactly what happened.
“The PHC does not have an ambulance and that added to the challenges the woman faced, you can refer someone and she might branch to see his pastor to pray or might not have money for transportation.
“The only way we can get to the button of this is through autopsy and even if we want to to that, who will pay? Autopsy is costly here. In other climes autopsy is a must in any case of death but here it is nothing less than N400,000.
“They should have done proper family planning because they are not well to do from the looks of things. The children are currently stranded because there is no money to take care of them. We should take family planning seriously because currently we have one of the highest maternal death rate in the world so pregnancy is almost like a death penalty talk more of when there is no money and capacity to take care of them.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the minister of health, Isaac Adewole said the nation will soon get out of the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union adding that the federal government is making necessary moves to end the strike.
Adewole said this in Osogbo, capital of Osun state in a brief chat with Daily Trust on the sideline of the Children's Day celebration at the Osogbo city stadium.
According to him, "We are handling the JOHESU strike and i can assure you that will be over soon. The nation will soon get over it."
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