Babatunde Olamilaken Ismaila, a resident of Offa, Kwara State, has detailed how his wife had a stillbirth due to recklessness by medical doctors in Offa General Hospital.
The bereaved husband told WikkiTimes he took his wife to the hospital on Friday morning and left the facility on Sunday.
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Throughout their stay, she was placed on inducement pills, Ismaila said.
“I took my wife to the hospital on Friday despite the fact that her time for delivery is yet to come,” he said. “When we got to the hospital, the doctor said she had already lost water which flowed to the unborn baby.”
Ismaila said he had to take her to the hospital when he saw water discharging from her body. He explained that she is due for childbirth on November 24, according to a test she did “last time.”
Findings by WikkiTimes relate the ‘water loss’ to prelabour rupture of a fluid-filled membranous sac called the amniotic sac.
Typically, at the beginning of or during labor your membranes will rupture — also known as your water breaking. If your water breaks before labour starts, it’s called prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM), according to Mayo Clinic.
LABOUR INDUCEMENT, STILLBIRTH AND OPERATION
Ismaila narrated that a doctor on duty instructed him to purchase an inducement drug for his pregnant wife. According to him, the drug would aid his wife’s child birth.
“The doctor said he would induce my wife and ordered me to buy a drug to do that. They inserted drugs into her vagina.
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“They inserted the drugs into her private part five times and it didn’t work for her. They also put their finger into her vagina,” Ismaila claimed.
He added that doctors would later inform them that the unborn child was strained and advised them to go to a private hospital for adequate treatment.
“The hospital has no equipment and we were told to find a private hospital,” he said, adding that he pleaded with them to refer them to a good hospital but they could not.
“They told us to go to any private hospital of our choice,” Ismaila explained. “On getting to Olaromi hospital, the doctor told us the baby had died in her womb. She lost the baby.”
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Ismaila’s wife had to go through a cesarean session to get rid of the stillbirth.
However, he blamed the government for not providing the facility with enough instruments and adequate staff. He revealed that only one medical doctor was attending to women in labour.
When contacted, the Chief Medical Director, Offa General Hospital, Mohammed Olabisi Abdulsalam, declined to comment.
“I am a civil servant and I can not speak to anybody,” Abdulsalam said. “We have responded to the appropriate authority…”
He further urged WikkiTimes to schedule a physical meeting with him.