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Family of Monkeypox victim who committed suicide in Bayelsa blasts hospital

The family of the Monkeypox victim who committed suicide in Bayelsa State has blasted the hospital where he hung himself.

Reports from the Nation newspaper revealed that the Monkeypox victim who committed suicide at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has been identified as Mr Perekebina Biu.

Biu was receiving medical treatment in the isolation ward of the hospital when he reportedly hung himself with a rope.

The deceased until the incident was the Treasurer of the Agbere Youth body in Sagbama Local Government Area and was married with three children.

It was learnt that Biu’s father hails from Patani in Delta state while his mother is from Agbere community. The deceased was reported to have been recovering from the Monkeypox disease he contracted in Yenagoa before he decided to end his life.

Speaking in confidence to The Nation, family sources blasted the management of NDUTH, accusing the hospital management of negligence, wondering how a patient in a quarantine centre could take his life easily without the knowledge of doctors and nurses.

A source said:

“The late victim was in the hospital for treatment. And he was responding to treatment though. But come to think about it, how did it happen? The Monkeypox victims were supposed to be in an isolated area. Where were the Doctors, nurses and other staff? Where did he get the rope? The hospital management has a question to answer.”

The deceased, according to family sources had no record of a mental case.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu had said the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of ‘Monkeypox’ that were being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH).

Sympathizing with the family of the deceased, he expressed regret that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease and said that a committee had been put in place to evaluate his past and recent clinical and social history, adding that the examination would determine “if there were undisclosed mental illness or personal family problem that could have justified the suicide”.

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