By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—PROTEST by patients, yesterday, rocked Edo State Sickle Cell Centre, Benin, over the death of two patients at the centre following alleged poor treatment.
Vanguard gathered that a young boy died on Monday while another young girl died yesterday, allegedly for lack of oxygen at the centre which was commissioned in 1993.
Vanguard investigation showed that the Sickle Cell Centre has long been abandoned by successive governments in the state, as there were neither doctors nor nurses to attend to the need of the patients. The only doctor said to be attached to the centre is a private doctor, who comes in once in a while.
It was also noted that the centre had no facilities to adequately meet the needs of the 36 patients on admission.
While some parents were seen removing their children from the centre, Mr. Edigin, Chairman, Association of Sickle Cell club, himself a patient, told newsmen that the facility lacks equipment such as oxygen, needed for the treatment of patients.
He said that the only doctor attached to the centre was presently on leave, and the casual doctor presently taking calls sometimes works between 12 noon till 12 midnight.
Edigin said: “The situation is so bad. A child died here yesterday because there was no oxygen.
“We learnt that they applied for the procurement of oxygen two weeks ago, but nothing has been done.”