Complications as health extension worker performs failed Caesarean surgery on Ondo woman

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A fake medical doctor has been arrested by the Ondo police command after he carried out a failed Caesarean surgery on a woman who continued to bleed many days after.

Olelekan Rabiu, 31, is a Community Health Extension worker who promotes himself as a medical doctor and Chief Medical Doctor (CMD) of Iremide Private Hospital, Orita Ojo in Odigbo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Mr Rabiu and three others were paraded by the state police commissioner Oyediran Oyeyemi on Friday in Akure.

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Mr Oyeyemi said that the suspect was on December 20 arrested by a team of Special Intervention Squad when a report of unprofessionalism was reported against him.

The CP said that the suspect carried out a Caesarean surgery on a pregnant woman (name withheld) who was later rushed to Mother and Child Hospital due to excessive bleeding from her private part.

“It was discovered that the self-acclaimed doctor stitched the womb and the urinary tract together.

“During investigation, it was discovered that the suspect is not a Medical Doctor, but attended School of Health Technology, Ijebu-Ode, where he studied as a Community Health Extension Worker.

“And he has been deceiving the people with being a Medical Doctor,” he said.

Mr Rabiu admitted to reporters that he is actually a community health extension worker, saying he had been in the profession for seven years.

He said that the operation was successful when he operated on the woman in question, but she came back after 27 days to complain of vaginal bleeding.

Mr Rabiu, who said that he had done one operation successfully in the past, said that he started performing surgeries when his brother bought a story building for him in 2015.

“Actually, I am not a doctor but I studied as a community health extension worker at Ijebu Ode School of Health.

“Although I am a little bit talented in the line and there is no helper, I would have gone back to school but I am planning to go back to school now,” he said.

Mr Rabiu said he decided to perform the surgery after the pregnant woman was brought to him and he discovered that she can’t deliver her baby on her own.

“After the examination, I explained to her relatives about her condition because I checked her ultrasound result and discovered she is in the 43rd week of her pregnancy.

“The baby was also already distressed and I was given the go-ahead to operate on her to save the woman and the baby.

“So, when she came back after 10 days for check-up, I discovered that she did not take any drugs and is not hygienic at all.

“After 27 days of operation, she came back again complaining of vaginal bleeding to save her life, so I referred her immediately to the trauma centre in Ondo Town.

He pleaded “I just want people to help me as I have a nine-month-old pregnant wife at home now, I promise that I will not do it again,” he said. 

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