The inmate of the Calabar Prison that delivered twins at the General Hospital Calabar on April 17 has reportedly died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital due to postnatal complications.
This sad news was broken by the prison authority in a statement its Public Relation Officer, ASP Effanga Etim, released in Calabar, the Cross-River State capital on Wednesday.
Etim said the new mother died two after she was delivered of the twins through caesarean at UCTH and pooh-poohed report that the deceased gave birth in prison.
The PRO added that the prison authority was pained by her demise adding that it prioritized inmates’ health.
The statement reads in part: “The command wishes to state emphatically that for the past four years, there has not been any delivery in the Calabar prison infirmary.
“Albeit, the infirmary is well equipped to handle health emergencies that may arise with nine medical experts comprising of a medical doctor, registered nurses/midwives, and community health workers. “We also have back-up medical personnel stationed in the State Prison Headquarters. Any emergency beyond the infirmary is referred to government hospitals outside the prison.” He explained that the deceased was remanded by a High Court in Calabar on Nov. 5, 2018, with six-month-old pregnancy for the offence of child stealing.
“While in prison, she had been under regular ante-natal care at the General Hospital, Calabar. On 17th of April, 2019 by 1:30 pm when her labour began, she was admitted in the same hospital and a Caesarean Section was carried out on her.’’