Mothers, babies escape death as flood sacks maternity hospital

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Seven nursing mothers and their new babies narrowly escaped death as flood ravaged the maternity ward of a hospital in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The victims were admitted at Christ Apostolic Church Maternity Home, Isale-Ake.

They were asleep when torrential rain started Monday evening. The downpour led to a flood which forced its way into the ward.

A witness said by the time patients and medical staff realised the emergency, the flood had risen to bed level, causing confusion in the ward.

The matron of the home, Abigail Asiwaju, said the patients were asleep and the nursing staff did not notice the surge of water until it was beyond control. She said the patients were hurriedly evacuated.

“We were inside the ward as the rain was falling, but before we knew it, the flood had taken over the ward and labour room,” Ms. Asiwaju narrated.

The matron attributed the flood to a nearby uncompleted road along Isale-Ake, which has no channel for flood. The hospital is in a church premises beside the road.

“Nothing like this has happened before in the 20 years I have been working in this maternity home. The cause is the state government road, which has no flood channel,” she said.

Mrs. Asiwaju said the flood destroyed medical equipment in the hospital.

A PREMIUM TIMES correspondent saw some of the equipment packed in a corner of the church premises.img_20160913_105314

The flood also pulled down a section of the church’s fence. The premises was still flooded when our correspondent visited, while the maternity home has been abandoned.

In a related development, some residents of Filade community in Abeokuta were sacked from their homes by flood also on Monday. The rain lasted over four hours and wreaked havoc on the community.

The head of the community, Baale Oguntoyinbo, appealed to the state government for aid.

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