Medical director of Rivers hospital suspended over death of babies

The Medical Director of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) in Rivers State, Dr. P. Kua, has been suspended over the death of two babies at the health facility last week.

The incident was allegedly caused by outage in the hospital.

The parents of the babies insisted that their children died due to power failure caused by the hospital’s management.

Nursing mothers held a protest against the management over the incident. They barricaded the entrance for hours.

The state government has waded into the situation. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Caroline Wali has been meeting with the management of the hospital to investigate the cause of the deaths.

She, however, dismissed the conclusion by the parents that the two babies died because of power failure in the facility.

The medical director declined to speak with the press when he was approached by the reporter.

Meanwhile, the state Governor, Nyesom Wike yesterday said he has intensified work on the 13 general hospitals being rehabilitated by his administration.

Wike said the facilities being rehabilitated are zonal hospitals which will provide adequate healthcare to the people.

These hospitals, according to him are located at Bori, Etche, Ahoada and Degema.

“Work has gone far in these hospitals. We are remodeling them and ensuring that we revive healthcare delivery across the state,” he stated.

He said his administration would soon supply new equipment to Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital to meet the challenges of modern medicine.

“We are upgrading the facilities at Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital. The doctors’ quarters is being reconstructed. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo laid the foundation during a visit to the state recently.

“We have established a Faculty of Medical Sciences at the state university, while the faculty building is under construction,” the governor stated.

Wike also disclosed that his administration has commenced the process of employing consultants and medical officers to improve manpower in the health sector.

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