A police sergeant, Mr Sabastine Alumona, has sued the management of the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, for the death of his six-month-old daughter, Miss Rosemary Alumona, which he alleged was caused by the negligence of the medical team that attended to her.
Also joined in the suit were the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Emeka Onwe-Ogah, and four doctors, identified as Sunday Nweke, Okeke Kenechukwu, Moffin Bakaten and Uzochukwu Ike.
The suit, No: FHC/AI/CS/52/2020, was filed before the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, by the plaintiff’s lawyers, C.A Aiyamekhue & Co.
Our correspondent had reported that Sabastine alleged that Rosemary was given an overdose of Mesporine 1000mg, which he said constituted gross medical malpractice.
The plaintiff is seeking the sum of N1bn from the teaching hospital, as general damages, for the “avoidable” death of his daughter and the immediate release of her corpse for burial in accordance with Igbo culture and tradition.
In the suit, he said, “That the defendants, through their culpable medical negligence, malpractice, professional misconduct and carelessness, caused the painful, agonising and untimely death of Miss Rosemary Osinachi Alumona, daughter of the plaintiff.
“That the administration of over dosage of Mesporine 1000mg through intravenous injection to the six months old Miss Rosemary Osinachi Alumona, daughter of the plaintiff, without recourse or due regard to her age and body weight, was gross medical malpractice and culpable negligence.
“That the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants were incompetent and negligent medical practitioners by prescribing and administering over dosage of Mesporine 1000mg to Miss Rosemary Osinachi Alumona, daughter of the plaintiff, without recourse or consideration to her age and body weight, which was instrumental to her painful and untimely death.”