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Mothers, babies escape death as flood sacks Abeokuta maternity home

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—No fewer than seven nursing mothers and their new born babies, yesterday, escaped death, as flood ravaged the maternity ward of the hospital they were admitted in, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The victims were admitted at Christ Apostolic Church Maternity Home, Isale-Ake, in the town, and had gone to bed when flood from a downpour, Monday evening, took over their ward.

The matron of the maternity home, Mrs Abigael Asiwaju, said that the life-threatening incident occurred in the twinkle of an eye, while patients were sleeping.

Asiwaju added that some medical equipment were destroyed.

A petty trader, Taiwo Ogundiran, who has his kiosk in front of the building, said the flood swept away her goods, lamenting that the development may cripple her business if help did not come from any quarters.

Similarly, the flood did not spare a local church; it pulled down its fence, sacked worshippers, and destroyed the temple and church equipment.

The community head, Baale Oguntoyinbo, lamented the incident and appealed to government to come to their aid.



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