Two nurses working with Okelele Primary Health Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State have landed on the hospital beds after a soldier pounced on them during his wife’s child delivery.
Naija News understands that the soldier had taken his wife to the health centre which houses Sobi Specialist Hospital, for delivery, but got enraged with a response from one of the nurses helping his wife to deliver her child.
According to reports, trouble started for one of the nurses after she asked the soldier to buy delivery packs to be used in taking care of his wife in the labour room.
The soldier reportedly argued with the nurse insisting that the government had made available delivery packs at the hospitals for women in labour. The nurse, however, tackled the military man noting that he is being misinformed about the provision of delivery packs by the government.
Her response is said to have angered the soldier and he walked into a doctor’s office with rage and descended on nurses he met there.
“Instead of looking for the delivery packs, the soldier rejected the demand arguing that the state government has provided such items for pregnant women that might have come for their delivery at the hospital,” Daily Trust quoted a source as saying.
“But the nurse told the soldier that he misconstrued the information, therefore, he needed to provide the delivery packs for his wife to assist her to make use of the delivery packs for his wife’s delivery at the labour room. But, the statement got the soldier angry and beat the nurse to the extent that one of her legs was broken.” the source reportedly added.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the chairman of the state chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Alhaji Shehu Aminu, said the soldier took his pregnant wife, who has been attending antenatal clinic at the hospital, for delivery.
He said upon admitting the soldier’s wife into the labour room, the nurse asked the soldier to go and procure delivery packs which included hand gloves and other materials to be used for delivery.
Aminu explained further that the soldier instead of going to get the delivery packs, challenged the nurse that he would not be able to do so because the state government has provided all the materials at the hospital.
He added that not satisfied with the nurse’s explanation, “the soldier became infuriated and headed to the doctor’s office and started beating the two nurses he met there. The soldier slapped one of the nurses who ran for her dear life while the other sustained ankle injury,” Aminu said.
Naija News understands that the soldier’s actions were subsequently reported to the Nigerian Army headquarters in Abuja and the offending personnel has been arrested and detained in Ilorin.
The Public Relations Officer of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, St. Sgt Waziri, who confirmed the incident said the soldier has been put in the guard room for further interrogation on the matter.