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Pregnant Woman, Unborn Baby Die As Police Detain Doctor For Violating Curfew




A pregnant woman and her unborn baby have died after the doctor that was supposed to perform a caesarian operation on her was detained by the police for violation a Covid-19 curfew.

According to a report by Punch, the surgeon was held by policemen along Airport Road, Ikeja Lagos for more than one hour despite explaining that she was on an emergency call.

The doctor who worked at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Surulere Lagos, said the woman and her unborn baby had died by the time she was released by the policemen.

According to other eye witnesses, the doctor broke down in tears when she was told her patients had died. She had to be placed in the emergency ward because she was in shock.

The witnesses said,

“The doctor is a woman. In fact, she was also ill and was placed on a drip at home when she was called for the emergency. Because her car was bad, she got a cabman to take her to the hospital. She left her house around past 9pm.

“Around 10.15pm, they got to the under bridge around Airport Road, where they met the policemen. They had been stopped by other policemen before they got to that spot. But when she showed them her ID card, they allowed her to pass.

“But these ones refused. After she showed one of them her ID card and said she was on an emergency to see a patient who was between life and death, the policeman ordered the driver to park. He took her ID card and asked her to prove she was on an emergency.

“She went to meet another member of the team and begged him that she needed to leave immediately and that the life of her patient was at risk. She was in a nightgown; she could not even change when she got the call. But the second policeman shunned her.

“The policeman said she was foolish and she was a prostitute because a doctor would never dress the way she was dressed. She begged them and explained the circumstances but they refused to listen and demanded the emergency letter.”

Prior to last week Thursday, the police had imposed a curfew between 10pm and 5am as parts if efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The curfew had however exempted essential workers including journalists, medical and security personnel.

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