8-Year-Old Girl Dies Because Hospital Staff Allegedly Failed To Put On The...

8-Year-Old Girl Dies Because Hospital Staff Allegedly Failed To Put On The Generator

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on February 15, 2014
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File: Afghan National Army regional hospital treatment room (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Votroubek)

BAYELSA – An eight-year-old girl identified as Inato Sunday, has reportedly lost her life at Bayelsa owned Diette Koki Memorial Hospital for women and children because of power outage.

The unfortunate incident happened on Tuesday February 12th 2014, and according to some aggrieved family members, the death was caused by the unavailability of the technical staff of the hospital in charge of the power generating set.

It was learnt that the deceased, an Ogbia indigene of Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, was rushed to the hospital by the parents on Monday due to stomach ache complaint but that her situation got worse on admission and died in the early hours of Tuesday at about 2am.

The father of the deceased, Sunday Nyingasa, recounted that his daughter started convulsing, following the administration of treatment and series of some drugs.

“Before we knew it, my daughter started convulsing. We prayed as the doctors tried all their best to stabilize her condition. Later she became calm and they said that they have no choice but to put her on life support machine.

“To save the life of my daughter I paid for all they asked me to do. But the doctors allow my daughter to die because of power failure.”

The father of the deceased said though power failure was experienced in some parts of the state and when it occurred at the hospital at about 2am, “I was thrown into confusion.”

“The staff in charge of the generating set that would have switched on power was nowhere to be found.

“It took the nurses over 15 minutes to look for the man who was suppose to put on their power generating set. So sad, my daughter couldn’t hold on any longer, as she started vomiting and later gave up the ghost.”

Another family member noted with sadness, “the late Inato Sunday would have marked her eight year birthday in July but the negligence of staff and management of Diete Koki Memorial Hospital in Yenagoa made sure that this didn’t happen.”

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