Police quiz four Ebonyi doctors over baby’s death

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has begun interrogating four medical doctors for their alleged involvement in the death of a six-month-old child, Osinachi Alumona.

The doctors, whose names were given as Sunday Nweke, a consultant paediatrician; Moffi, Okeke and Uzuchukwu Ike, were part of the medical team that attended to the baby while she was on admission at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi Sta

Osinachi was alleged to have died 20 minutes after she was injected with “1,000mg of Mesporin IV Ceftriaxone” by a member of the medical team on February 4, 2020.

The PUNCH had reported that the deceased’s father, Sergeant Sabastine Alumona, a policeman, was assaulted by the doctors after he raised the alarm that his child died of negligence, professional misconduct and administration of excessive dosage of wrong drugs.

The cop had alleged that the administration of the drugs on the child by one of the doctors was unprofessional, as the first doctor, who handed over to the latter, had warned that such drugs should neither be bought by the parents of the baby nor be given to her.

doctors were invited for questioning on Monday in Abakaliki.

A police source, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the doctors were asked to produce the medical treatment folder of Osinachi.

“Yes, they were invited to come and give a statement. As we speak now, they are still giving the statement at the police headquarters. They have also been asked to produce the medical treatment folder of Osinachi before she died. Someone has even come here to apply for their bail,” the source said.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Awosola Awotinde, said he had no idea if any arrest had been made.

arrest has been made please. And the matter is still under investigation,” he said

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