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Portharcourthawties Apologizes To Princess Medical Centre For Defamation

By Suoyo Ekubo 

Portharcourthawties blog has tendered apology to Princess Medical Centre regarding a a defamatory publication the blog posted via Instagram on the 15th July 2023 where the blog stated that negligence of a staff of the Hospital caused the death of late Mrs. Chigozirim Amadi.

However, the management of the Princess Medical Centre in a Circular dated July 17, 2023, refuted the claim of the blog.

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The Circular reads in part,

“Our attention has been drawn to a publication by a blogger dated 15th July, 2023 concerning a patient managed at our facility.

“Mrs. Chigozirim Amadi and her family had been accessing care in our hospitals for many years, with her, having had two previous live caesarean section deliveries in 2018, and 2021. On 13th of July, 2023 morning, she again had an uneventful caesarean section delivery with minimal blood loss of another baby and was wheeled to her post-natal ward. ELEVEN HOURS later, when she was administered her SECOND dose of prescribed intra muscular paracetamol injection on her thigh by a trained nurse, after inspection of the vial, following our protocol. Shortly after which the patient developed sudden respiratory distress and was attended to immediately by a team of medical doctors on duty but the patient developed cardiac arrest and died despite all resuscitative measures and therapy administered. The doctors suspected pulmonary thromboembolism, an uncommon complication of pregnancy and delivery especially after caesarean section.”

“We understand the profound despair of the family, as we also, are grieving with the loss, since she has been part of the Princess hospital family and indeed part of our Thirty-Five (35) years history of providing continues quality medical service.

“We have strongly recommended an AUTOPSY of the body, to ascertain the definitive cause of her death.

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“At the PRINCESS MEDICAL CENTRE, over the years, we have been known to have invested a lot in medical equipment and our human capital. We are also known to be true to our core values, of courtesy, attention to detail, respect and empathy, in all our service delivery, with many attestations,” the Circular reads.

Meanwhile, Portharcourthawties blog in a letter dated 12th September 2023 titled Apology For The Post Made On 15th July 2023 addressed to the Princess Medical Centre, the blog regretted its action.

“As at when the post was made we honestly believe that the facts contained therein we are the true position of things however it turned out that our position was wrong and we deeply regret our actions. It was in no way our intention to damage the image and reputation of the hospital to the public.

“In addition to bringing down the said post, we hereby retract same and tender our unreserved apology to the hospital and hope that the hospital accept our apology in good faith,” the letter reads in part.

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