A lawyer residing in Abuja, Anthony Ejumejowo, has petitioned the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehaniren, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Musa Bello, and Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), over “negligence of doctors and management” of the Nisa Garki hospital, leading to the death of his wife, Esther
A lawyer residing in Abuja, Anthony Ejumejowo, has petitioned the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehaniren, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Musa Bello, and Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), over “negligence of doctors and management” of the Nisa Garki hospital, leading to the death of his wife, Esther Ejumejowo.
The human rights lawyer is also suing Nisa Garki Hospital for the death of his wife on October 5, 2019.
In a petition signed by his counsel, Innocent Ukoha, a copy of which was made available to Ejumejowo, alleged deliberate attempt to cover up the incident.
The petition, ‘How My Wife Died From The Gross Negligence Of Doctors And Management Of Nisa Garki Hospital, Abuja: Demand For The Investigation Of Death Of Mrs. Ejumejowo Elohor Esther (Nee Aroriode) Caused By The Negligence Of The Doctors And Management Of Nisa Garki Hospital, Abuja’, called for the immediate investigation to the circumstances leading to the death of his wife.
“We act as lawyers for the family of Ejumejowo Anthony (hereinafter referred to as our “client”) on whose behalf and instructions we write to you.
“It is our brief that our client’s deceased wife Mrs. Ejumejowo Elohor Esther (nee Aroriode) with EMR number 34445 was a patient of the Nisa Garki Hospital for about nine years and was sometime in January, 2019 registered for antenatal treatment and management and which antenatal diligently attended until she was delivered of a baby girl on the 12 September, 2019 at about 2.13pm.
“It is further our brief that the wife of our client died on the 5 October 2019 from the complications arising from her delivery as a result of the negligence of the doctors and management of Nisa Garki Hospital.
“We hereby formally demand for the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the management of the health of our client’s deceased wife while in the care of the said Nisa Garki hospital, Abuja. Our client undertakes to pay any expenses related to investigation and shall be available whenever his attention or attendance is required.”
An affidavit in support of his claims, deposed to by Anthony Ejumejowo, at the federal high court, noted: “The facts deposed to in this affidavit are comprised of facts of events that I have personal knowledge of as well as facts related to me by my wife throughout the period of her antenatal healthcare, after her delivery on 12 September 2019 before her death on the 5 October 2019.
“That my wife during her visit on the 11 September, 2019 to the hospital and while still in the premises of the hospital called me at about 2.30 pm to inform me that a certain female doctor, a senior registrar who examined her that day has counseled her that having reached full term and due to her condition to undergo a caesarean session to deliver the baby and which advice I orally agreed to based on the advice of the said doctor.
“That surprisingly, my wife returned home at about an hour later to inform me that she called one Dr. Onuh whose other names are unknown to me, another senior registrar of the hospital who delivered her of our last child five years ago and who is the doctor that has managed her in the pregnancy under contention and that he informed my wife to go home and return the next day being 12 September, 2019 to the hospital for him to further examine her.
“That my wife informed me that the said Dr. Onuh informed her on the phone that he does not agree with the diagnosis of the other doctor that examined my deceased wife the previous day and assured her that her health or that of the baby was not in danger based on the medical records from her previous visits during antenatal and her other visits complaining of shortness of breath, sleeplessness and swollen feet.
“That some hours after the delivery of the baby, my wife complained of severe pains and discomfort in her vaginal resulting from the stitches in a tear from delivery and on examination by the said Dr Onuh, it was discovered that a pad was stitched and left in her vagina by the doctor that took delivery of her and after which the said blood stained pad was removed by the said Dr Onuh and her vagina re-stitched.
“That surprisingly, on the 5 October, 2019 at about 4 pm, my wife Collapsed while sitting and feeding her baby shortly after her lunch and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja being the nearest hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.”
Meanwhile as regards to the issue, when contacted to speak on Monday, Managing Director of Nisa Garki Hospital, Adamu Onu, said the hospital management would prefer to wait for the outcome of the Investigation.
“We will prefer on our part to wait for verdict of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. We understand that he is probably grieving over the death of his wife but what we can say is that we offered treatment according to the best ethical principles and medical practice.
“In any case, the wife did not die in our hospital, she died at the federal medical centre, Garki. So, that is all we are willing to say on this matter, we prefer to wait for the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria verdict.”