BY SOLA OGUNDIPE
WHO dumped the corpse of afemale infant on the premises of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital/College of Medicine, University of Lagos?
Why would anyone take the trouble of taking an infant to the hospital only to dump its corpse just a few metres from the well-equipped and staffed Children’s Emergency centre of the health institution?
This is the mystery security operatives in conjunction with authorities of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos as well as management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , both at Idi-Araba, Lagos, have been trying to unravel since the discovery was made on Monday 24th January, 2011.
Reliable sources at both institutions disclosed to Good Health Weekly that the body of the infant, a female, was allegedly found on the said date at about 7.00AM. Visitors and other early callers among whom were employees arriving to resume duty for the day, had initially observed the strange bundle behind the physiotherapy building at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
Some concerned observers who allegedly went closer in attempt to decipher the content of the bundle, however suspected foul play. According to sources, no one present was bold enough to touch the bundle, rather, they opted to raise alarm, and the discovery was brought to the attention of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital special security outfit on routine patrol at that point in time.
Anxious witnesses and bystanders could not believe their eyes when the bundle was unwrapped to unveil the body of a baby. Men gasped in shock, women screamed out of fear and some of the women actually ran away from the scene when they could not bear the sight of the light-skinned female infant, estimated to be aged 5-8 months, emerging from the tightly wrapped bundle.
Dressed in a pink baby top and matching pants with gold-plated ear-rings, at a glance, the discovery presented the picture of a healthy, well-looked after infant. Although there were no obvious marks found on the body, the infant was later confirmed dead.
Officials of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital environmental sanitation department soon arrived to evacuate the corpse and deposit it at the hospital morgue.
The incidence which has remained a subject of discussion among Lagos University Teaching Hospita/College of Medicine, University of Lagos staff is described as unprecedented in the history of the two institutions.
The Police is investigating the incident even as it was gathered that the corpse cannot be kept for more than two weeks at the hospital morgue.
It is expected to be buried along with other unclaimed corpses at the end of this week. Coordinator, Corporate Services, Lagos University Teaching Hospital Mrs Hope Nwalolo appealed to members of the public with useful information linked to the unknown infant to come forward.
Such information can be forwarded to the Corporate Services Division, 2nd Floor, A&E building, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos, or through 018777845.