Lagos probes death of three-year-old boy after injections for cough

Lagos health commissioner Prof Akin Abayomi

Lagos State Government has opened investigation into the death of a three-year-old boy, David Nwogu, while being treated at the Maternal and Child Hospital in the Ajah area of the state.

The victim, brought in by his parents on September 23, over cough and catarrh, died the following day after receiving injections at the hospital.

The boy’s mother Loveth, in a viral video on Wednesday, said her son was strong before the injections.

She said, “I took my son to the hospital on Friday morning because he had cough and catarrh; he didn’t have a fever or anything, it was just cough and catarrh. The catarrh actually started on Wednesday, but I took him to the hospital just to check for infections since he was about to start school on Monday.

“They ran a test and said he had small pneumonia, infection and cold, but not malaria. They started treatment and I called my husband that day; he told me my son was no longer coughing and they said he might even be discharged from the hospital soon.

“On Saturday morning, a nurse gave him an injection aside from the ones initially given and he vomited everything he had eaten because he reacted to the drugs. Instead of the nurse to change the injection or even monitor him on what to do, she didn’t do any of that.

“I asked my son later if he wanted to eat his cereal because he liked it, but he said no. He slept off and I woke him around 4am to eat again but he still didn’t want to eat. I knew he would still eat before the day breaks because he would be hungry.

“Around 7am, the nurse came and said I should get him ready for another injection. I asked the nurse if he could eat his cereal first and immediately my son heard this, he also wanted to eat. But the nurse insisted that he should take the injection. I insisted again, but she remained adamant and gave him the injections. At the fourth injection, my son shouted, ‘Mummy, daddy, my hand,’ that was it. He went cold and died. I lost my son that day.”

The nurse who administered the injections was nowhere to be found after the incident, she added.

In a statement on Wednesday, the state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, commiserated with the family of the boy, adding that investigation into the incident had started.

He said, “It is pertinent to note that the management of the facility had also officially reported the incident to the ministry while investigation into the allegation and the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident has since commenced on a facility level.

“In the same vein, I have also requested an independent investigation into the incident. Our resolve to halt avoidable deaths of neonates, infants and children is unshaken.”