Sunday, 18 October 2015

Nigeria: Update on LUTH Consultant, Dr Hestianna's death

As controversy trails the death of Dr. Hestianna Thomas, a  consultant pediatrician with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, instituted on investigation to unravel the cause of death.

Meanwhile her husband, Dr Babafemi claims the deceased committed suicide--even though it sounds incredulous.

Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association , Dr. Tope Ojo, in an interview with Sunday Vanguard, said: “This is a sensitive issue. We are aware of the information being circulated as the cause of her death. But I can say that it is all  rumour. We are working with all stakeholders including the Nigeria  Police to investigate the cause of her death.”

Ojo noted that NMA cannot take any position over the death of Hestianna, noting: “This was why we have decided to investigate the issue. We are doing this also not because she was our member. But this is what we often do for any complicated issue like this”.

At the same time the Government of Lagos State through a representative warned against any alteration of the autopsy report on the death, saying “it was aware of the case and the evidence showing the pains the deceased suffered before death.”

Understandably, Dr Thamas' death has the NMA, Lagos chapter divided as both the deceased and her husband  were members of the organization.

Speaking on the issue, the coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, in an interview with Sunday Vanguard, last night: “We have written to the police and other stakeholders over the issue. And if after the report we notice any foul play, we will not accept the result.”

She noted that the report at their disposal revealed that the deceased was found in  a pool of her own blood; indicating that she could have been  a victim of domestic violence.

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