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Lab technician arrested for allegedly killing 100L student with wrong injection in Gombe

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Lab technician arrested for allegedly killing 100L student with wrong injection in Gombe

The Gombe State Police Command have arrested a lab technician for his role in the death of a 100 level student of Federal University Kashere, Ogbonna Alex Kanayo, last week.

WuzupNigeria reports that Kanayo had gone to the Kashere General Hospital to complain about a toothache. He, however, developed complications after he was injected with Lidocaine by the lab technician and died two hours later.

The lab technician has now been arrested, Gombe State Police Relations Officer SP Mary Malum said on Sunday, adding that the command has swung into action to establish the cause of death of the former student of the institution.

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She said,

“The Case is currently under investigation, it has been transferred to the state CID and investigation is on going. We have arrested the man (the lab technician) that gave the boy the injection.”

According to Alade Joy, the deceased friend who accompanied late Kanayo, to General Hospital Kashere where she was instructed by the deceased to do a video of his tooth extraction.

“Kanayo was advised that extraction of the tooth will be the best because the hole had eaten deep into his cavity and if it is filled, it could spread and cause more harm.”

A senior medical officer at the Kashere General Hospital, Dr. Haruna Cham, described the death as sad, sorrowful and unfortunate. He noted that the deceased developed severe respiratory distress after the injection but was resuscitated.

“He was given some medication that aborted the reaction he soon became normal but insisted on his discharge. He was told not to go only for him to be brought in dead after about 2 hours,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ahmed Gana, has assured that the state will not leave any stone unturned. He said,

“We are going to get to the root of the issue and if anyone is found culpable of negligence we are going to pursue that as enshrined in the medical ethics and the rule of law will apply itself.”

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