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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Doctor, nurses detained as newborn's placenta disappears in Kwara

Doctor, nurses detained as newborn's placenta disappears in

The police in Kwara State have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a newborn's umbilical cord and placenta at Government Cottage Hospital, Iloffa, in Oke-Ero Local Government Area.

The mother, Mrs. C. Williams, a teacher at Orota Secondary School in Odo-Owa, gave birth on Sunday night but was not handed the umbilical cord and placenta by the hospital staff.

It was gathered that five hospital workers were subsequently arrested and are currently being detained by the State Criminal Investigation Department in Ilorin.

The detained individuals include a resident doctor, three nurses, and a ward attendant.

The police were called in after attempts to resolve the issue through various channels failed.

The situation escalated to the point where community elders had to intervene to prevent angry youths, suspecting foul play, from burning down the hospital on Tuesday.

Mrs Williams, while narrating her ordeal, said that she was rushed to the hospital while experiencing labour pains on Sunday afternoon and gave birth to a baby at about 7 pm the same day.

“I was feeling some labour pains on Sunday and I got to the cottage hospital, some minutes past 1 pm on Sunday, and told the nurse I met on duty that I was having contractions; she was the one that attended to me after confirming that I was truly in labour.

“She took me into the labour room and asked me to wait because I still had more time. Not quite long after I came, the doctor also came in and instructed the nurse to usher me into the labour room,” she said.

She said that after having the baby, the following morning, she was discharged and allowed to go home.

She, however, said that the hospital workers gave her a bag containing her items but did not give her the placenta and the umbilical cord of the baby when they asked her to go home.

“Although they handed a black nylon bag to me, I discovered that there were two missing items inside the nylon; they are the umbilical cord and the placenta,” she said.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, confirmed the incident, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

“The police are investigating the incident and five suspects have been arrested in connection with it,” the PPRO said.

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