THE police in Ogun State Command have arrested a 62-year-old ‘doctor’, Mr John Egeme and an auxilliary nurse, Etemugo Queen (27) over the death of one Abigail Onda who gave up in Shepherd Medical Centre,
Iyana Coker, Ifo, Ogun State on November 30 after she allegedly committed abortion which was suspected to have been performed by the arrested suspects.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr Okoye Ikemefuna revealed this during a press briefing held recently at the headquarters of the Command at Eleweran, Abeokuta, saying that a team of police
detectives went to the hospital to arrest the suspects after they received information on the woman’s death.
However, the nurse who was on duty when the woman died said that she did not procure the abortion in their hospital, saying that the deceased only died there after she was brought in the night because she had lost so much blood.
Queen, who said she was from Delta State told Crime Reports: “I am an auxilliary nurse. I trained under Dr Opara at Ojo area, Lagos State. I am currently working at Shephered Medical Centre, Iyana Coker, Ifo.
“On November 30, I was on night duty when a woman was brought in, bleeding. She said she came to the hospital in the morning and saw the doctor who treated her.
“When she came that night, there was no blood to commence treatment on her and she had already lost so much blood. She was dehydrated and her tongue was very white. To set infusion for her was very difficult; it was not going because she had no blood again.
“I gave the doctor’s number to the woman’s daughter so that she could call him but she said that the number was not going. I gave that of the doctor’s wife to her. She got through and the doctor was informed. Unfortunately, before the doctor’s arrival, the woman died.
“After the doctor examined her, he said he had already warned her not to come again as he gave her form to go for scan but she did not go. He also said that she did not do anything about herself, neither did she come back in the evening when he told her to come back, which made him leave when he did not see her.
“At daybreak, her relations came and were crying. That was when police came to arrest me and asked me to take them to the doctor’s residence. I took them there and they arrested him too”.
Denying that the doctor aborted pregnancy for the woman, Queen said they later learnt during police investigations that the woman committed abortion in another clinic before coming to Shepherd Medical Centre. She said the police told her and the doctor that they were arrested because the woman died in their hospital.
The ‘doctor’, Mr John Egema, who told Crime Reports that he is a state registered nurse from University of Jos, stated that Shephered Medical Centre was actually established and registered by one Doctor Oladeinde. He said that he had been running the clinic since its original owner left for overseas.
Speaking on the circumstances preceding the death of Onda, Egema said: “On November 29, this woman came in the morning with the complaint of bleeding after three months amenorrhea. Then I asked her to obtain a card. But even for the card, she said she had no money. Then I asked to go and do scan so that we would know how to commence treatment but again she said she had no money.
“She said she would go and come back later. I waited for till about 9.30p.m. and when I didn’t see her, I left for home. In the night, around 1a.m., the nurse called that there was an emergency case at hand. I had to rush to the hospital but before my arrival, she had already died.”
When asked whether he was the one who procured abortion for the woman, Egema said no, but added that by implication it could be so because she died in his hospital. He said he was asked to prove that the abortion was done elsewhere but stated that the woman only came to him with bleeding.
On why she could not refer the patient, Queen said that was the mistake she did, adding her action was based on the fact that most of their patients were residents of the community where the hospital is situated and sending them away would be difficult.
The Commissioner of Police, however said investigation revealed that Egema performed their abortion, saying that the duo would soon be charged to court.
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