A 32-year-old woman, identified as Shema’u Labaran, died along with her nine-month pregnancy at the Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Kano, over alleged negligence from doctors as a result of new naira notes scarcity.
Narrating the unfortunate incident that led to the death of his wife, Bello Baffa, told Freedom Radio, Malam Fancy on Saturday that, he took his wife to the hospital when she was about to deliver, but the hospital rejected his old naira notes and also had no POS, hence that they asked him to deposit the money in their account.
The 42-year-old husband of the deceased said, although he transferred the money and got debited, the doctors on duty didn’t touch his wife as they said they must see the alert in their account, which took almost three hours.
My wife walked into the hospital from our house, but before they received the alert, the pains had doubled and she was already bleeding. Still, they didn’t touch her until after three hours when they received the alert.
“After they admitted her, they discovered that she could not deliver by herself; that she must undergo an operation. I agreed and paid the money; still through transfer. It also delayed for an additional three hours before they received the alert and operated on my wife. Shockingly, the baby was brought out dead and the mother also died.”
Baffa disclosed that he had taken to fate as a Muslim. He, however, urged the government to check the painful policy to save innocent lives from untimely death the way he lost Shema’u.
Meanwhile, speaking with City & Crime about the incident, the spokesman of the state’s Hospital Management Board, Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident, stressed that the management had commenced investigation into the matter.