Maybe,the life of a pregnant woman may have been saved if the doctor that was to operate on her was not allegedly held by policemen enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown in lagos on the Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos State.
We gathered that the surgeon was held for about one hour, as entreaties that she was on an emergency call, fell on deaf ears of police officers who where on duty.
After she was released, the doctor reportedly got to the hospital and discovered that both mother and baby were died.
Our correspondent was told that the incident happened on Monday, August 31 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere.
The deceased was identified only as Mistura.
A witness, who did not want to be identified, said the female doctor broke down in tears upon seeing that she could not save the victim and her baby.
He said, “The doctor is a woman. In fact, she was also ill and was placed on a drip at home when she was called about the emergency.
“Because her car was bad, she got a cabman to take her to the hospital. She left her house around past 9pm.
“Around 10.15pm, they got to the under bridge around Airport Road, where they met the policemen. They had been stopped by other policemen before they got to that particular spot.
But when she showed them her ID card, they allowed her to pass. “But these ones refused. After she showed one of them her ID card and said she was on an emergency to see a patient who was between life and death, the policeman ordered the driver to park. He took her ID card and asked her to prove she was on an emergency.
She went to meet another member of the team and begged him that she needed to leave immediately, and that the life of her patient was at risk.
She was in a nightgown; she could not even change when she got the call. But the second policeman shunned her.
“The policeman said she was foolish and she was a prostitute, because a doctor would never dress the way she was dressed. She begged them and explained her circumstances which she is in, but they refused to listen and demanded the emergency letter.”
Ww gathered that after keeping the doctor for close to two hours, she was released.
However, our correspondent was told that it was already late, as the patient had died.
It was learnt that the patient was initially admitted to a private facility, where attempts were made to deliver her of the baby.