By TUNJI BOSUN
A man identified as Kayode Alatise has cried out over an allegedly missing placenta of his new-born baby at a hospital located along the Sagamu/Ijebu-Ode-Ore-Benin Expressway in Ijebu-Ode.
The disappearance of the placenta caused a big stir at the premises of the Otunba Tunwase National Paediatric, Ijebu-Ode.
According to Alatise, the hospital management told him since Monday when his wife Falilat was delivered of their first baby that the placenta of the baby had gone missing.
Narrating his predicament, he told Western Post: “We were referred to this hospital for the delivery of the baby and when we got here they demanded N230,000 for the operation. I was told that if I did not pay N50,000 deposit, they would not commence the operation.
“I begged them that night but they said they won’t do that until I’ve paid. Before I got the money it was already 8 am.
“After the operation, my wife asked me if I had collected the placenta, but I told her no.
“The nurses and the ward security men now came to tell me that they saw me when I went in there to take the placenta.
“After I had reported the matter to the police, they now called me to say that they had found the placenta. But how I’m I sure that that is my baby’s placenta”.
But the Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist /Obstetrician of the hospital, Dr. Oladayo Ogunlaja, who took delivery of the baby, denied allegations that the baby’s placenta got missing.
Ogunlaja said the placenta was only mistakenly taken into the hospital’s laundry by the cleaning attendant who cleared out the Operating Room after Alatise’s wife was delivered of the baby through Caesarian Section.