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Three-Year-Old Boy Who Had Cough And Catarrh Dies After Nurse Injected Him



A three-year-old boy identified as David Nwogu, has died while being treated at the Maternal and Child Hospital in the Ajah area of Lagos State.

The boy who was brought to the hospital by his parents on Friday, September 23, over cough and catarrh, died after receiving injections at the hospital.

In a viral video on Wednesday, the mother of the child, Loveth said the boy was hale and hearty before he was given the injection which led to his death.

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.”

Speaking further, she said on Saturday morning a nurse came to give him an injection aside from the ones they had initially given him and he vomited all he had eaten.

She said that after that her son refused to eat any of his meals and kept on sleeping.


She explained that when it was 7am the nurse came and wanted to give him another injection on an empty stomach. She stated that she begged the nurse to allow him eat first but she refused and insisted on giving him the injection.

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,” she added.

Loveth told newsmen on Wednesday that the nurse who administered the injections disappeared after the incident.


She noted that the family lawyers were already on the matter.

While lamenting beside the boy’s corpse in another video, the victim’s father stated that the government hospital had already reported the incident at the Ogombo Police Station.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, in a statement on Wednesday sent his condolences to the family and gave the assurance that investigation into the incidence had already begun.


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.”