Mr. John Ujatalor has held the Medical Director of Ogbeide Medical Centre Ubiaja, Edo State, responsible for the death of his wife and baby which sad event occured on April 5, 2014 after a futile Caesarian section. In a recent interview, Mr Ujatalor disclosed that his late wife in time past had successfully given birth to two children but started having complications with baby no 3.
According to him, “Eunice had her first two deliveries in that hospital. Naturally when she was pregnant for the third time, we went back there. Ogbeide told us that from the scan results, Eunice ought to have given birth in March. Ogbeide also said from his own calculation, she ought to have delivered in February. He assured us that there was no cause for alarm so, Eunice kept showing up for ante natal clinics as at when due.”
“I was told to go back home. I waited till 5.30 a.m., expecting to receive a call that Eunice had been delivered of our baby. When I got no such call, I went to the hospital; this was around 6 a.m. I waited till 8 a.m. for the good news. Around 9 a.m., Ogbeide called me aside. He told me that he would have to deliver Eunice by Caesarian section because the baby was coming out with the hand first instead of the head. Although I was worried, I gave my consent.”
“Ogbeide should have known something was wrong immediately the labour became prolonged. Instead, he allowed Eunice to labour for a long time. By the time she was being operated, she was already weak.
“As if that was not enough, the policemen he brought to the hospital also shot Eunice’s brother Damien in the eye. He had gone to the hospital to demand that he see his sister’s corpse,” he added.
His sister Kate Esene, narrating the incident said, “We went to the police station to report the shooting. Unknown to us, the same policeman who shot Damien, was sitting at the counter. It was when he refused to take our statement that we realised he was the same person.
“We later took Damien to the Irrua Specialist Hospital. He was transferred to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Although the divisional police officer of Ubiaja learned of the shooting and came to the hospital, he treated the matter with levity and said Damien was shot with a tear gas gun.”
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Moses Eguaveon confirmed the incident and also said that arrest has been made and necessary investigation is currently going on.