I HAVE been reading in the two daily newspapers of the services being provided by nurses at the maternity wards of major hospitals in the country.
It saddens me to read about mothers who have been denied treatment or neglected by nurses.
A family friend of ours recently related to me that he and his wife had lost twin babies at the Angau Memorial Hospital because of neglect by doctors and nurses.
The friend, who is a medical officer by profession, had to have his wife attended to at 2am after her water broke at 7am the previous day.
The wife, a first-time mother, was checked by six different nursing officers before being ushered into the labour room.
She was told that the delivery was a breech, and with his medical background, the husband opted for a Caesarean.
This, however, did not happen as a young doctor thought otherwise and tried to pull the first baby out but he died in the process.
The young doctor, seeing that the baby’s body had turned blue, then threw a cloth over the mother with half of the baby’s body hanging and proceeded to the operation theatre.
The second twin, a girl, was injured as a result of the doctor’s earlier actions.
After desperately trying to save her life, she, too, died.
The distraught father is seeking legal advice.
This case only goes to show how pathetic and cruel the attitude of some of our medical officers are.
I received a similar treatment when I gave birth to my daughter last year.
I had no assistance from the midwife or other nurses while in labour.
The mid-wife only came over to assist after I had given birth and called for someone to help me.
I also recall how a mother had to give birth in the toilet after failing to secure a bed in the labour ward.
The nurses scolded her without even considering the trauma she had to go through for hours just to get a bed for labour.
I seriously think our doctors and nurses in the maternity section ought to think about doing something else.
To say they are cruel and heartless would have been an understatement.