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Death of 5-yr-old: I lied to get assistance, mother confesses

By Ola Ajayi
MORE facts emerged Wednesday about the controversial death of a five year-old boy, Ogundipe Wareez whose mother alleged, died at the Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu Ibadan.

Mrs. Muibat Hassan, mother of the dead boy, when interviewed by Vanguard yesterday confessed that she lied to get the assistance of the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Owolabi Babalola when he paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital on Monday.

Contrary to her earlier claim that her boy died due to her inability to raise the money charged for blood transfusion, the doctor who tested the boy narrated how the woman brought the child dead into the hospital.

Further investigation revealed that the mother of the dead child was not actually there when her child was certified dead by Dr. Kehinde Oluleye, a Medical Officer at the hospital. It was further confirmed that the woman just handed the sick boy to the grandmother and promised to go and look for money somewhere.

According to Dr. Oluleye who felt discouraged by the alleged insincerity of Mrs. Hassan, the mother was not there when the grandmother of the dead boy brought him in. “When the old woman brought the boy, I tested him and found out that the boy had actually died. They must have gone to another hospital where they told them that they needed blood. It was not here”.

“His pupils were fixed and dilated. The old woman took the dead child back home. Probably, she did not want the mother of the boy who met her at the entrance to break down. There was no way we could have told the woman to go for blood test as she claimed having certified him dead,” she stated.

It was further investigated that most of the patients that patronize the hospital come to the hospital when it is too late for the medical practitioners to offer any help.

Meanwhile, the second child of the woman is still on admission at the hospital on the bill of the health commissioner.


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