Following the outcry of a telecommunications engineer, Chibuike Nwachukwu, accusing a hospital of causing his wife’s death during childbirth, the government has now reacted.
The Lagos state government has shut down Medville Global Health Center located at Ago Palace way in Okota, Lagos state over the incident.
It was gathered that the man demanded justice after his wife, Vivian, died during childbirth at the hospital.
The grieving husband had shared the sad story writing:
“On Sunday, March 27, 2022, when she was admitted for delivery, we were chatting when she said she had been induced and that she would soon give birth. So, when she wasn’t picking up my calls around 4pm, I called my sister to give her the phone but she said she was in the labour room.
Around 5pm, I got the same responses. I waited for hours till 1am when my sister suddenly called and gave the phone to the doctor who sought my permission to do CS on my wife. They were initially trying to make her push out the baby but she became weak, and after hours of attempts, they called for CS, so I agreed.
I also informed her family and they supported and prayed. Around 2am, my sister called again and said they needed two pints of blood. The hospital had no ambulance or vehicle to get it. I had to book an Uber online and the driver took my sister to the Isolo General Hospital to buy two pints of blood. Later, my sister called again and said I should approve as they said they wanted to cut off my wife’s womb.
I was shocked; a marriage of 10 months and they are saying they want to cut off her womb? I told her to hold on. I quickly infor/med her elder brother, and we said they should not remove her womb.”
Chibuike claimed that the surgeon that operated on his wife was hired and not the resident surgeon, adding that when he left, they had to call him back when Vivian’s condition became critical.
So, around 3.30am, my sister called again that they needed another three pints of blood and I quickly gave them money and they went to purchase it. They later said the blood was no longer entering her body, and she was placed on oxygen.
There is usually no movement on Monday in Enugu, but I risked it all, got a flight around 11.40am and flew down to Lagos. When I got to the hospital, I ran to the operation room and met my wife’s corpse there. I asked the doctor what happened and was told she was gone already.
I was crying. People who lived around the hospital saw my wife writhing in pain on the premises of the hospital before she died. But the father of the owner of the hospital kept demanding N500,000 for bills. I was devastated that afternoon.”
A statement released by the Executive Secretary of the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Abiola Idowu, says preliminary investigations carried out by the team revealed that the hospital was not registered with HEFAMAA, and that it had inadequate personnel.
The decision to shut the facility, located at Ago Palace Way in the Okota axis of the state, followed an investigation by the agency after one Chibuike Nwachukwu accused the hospital of incompetence which resulted in the death of his wife during childbrith.
The aggrieved man had said that the hospital induced his wife to speed up labor but 10 hours after that, she had yet to birth the child.
According to him, after they performed a series of procedures on his wife, the 28-year-old lady died while the baby was saved.
Meanwhile, he said the baby is currently in the Intensive Care Unit of another hospital as he insisted that his wife died as a result of the incompetence of the doctors.
Solanke Koya, chairman of HEFAMAA board, has ordered a full-scale investigation to uncover the facts surrounding the death of Mchaty’s wife.
The agency said it took the “crucial decision” to shut the facility “in furtherance of public protection pending the final outcome of the ongoing investigations.”