The Calabar Prison inmate who was delivered of twins at the General Hospital, Calabar, on April 17, 2019, has died.
The babies are a boy and a girl.
She died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital as a result of postnatal complications on April 19, 2019.
Her death was announced by the Public Relations Officer of the State Prison Command, ASP Effanga Etim, on Wednesday in Calabar.
“The Nigerian Prisons Service, Cross River command, is pained over the loss of the said inmate after a combined effort by the prison authority, the Cross River Government and medical personnel in the General Hospital, Calabar,” Etim said in a statement.
Etim said although the inmate was delivered of the babies through a Caesarian Section, “due to complications arising from the Caesarean Section, she was referred to UCTH for further management, where she died on 19th April, 2019.”
The prison authority also said the woman had been under regular ante-natal care at the General Hospital, Calabar, where she was later admitted and a Caesarean Section was carried out on her.
Etim stated further: “The command wishes to state emphatically that for the past four years, there has not been any delivery in the Calabar prison infirmary.
“Albeit, the infirmary is well equipped to handle health emergencies that may arise with nine medical experts comprising of a medical doctor, registered nurses/midwives and community health workers.
“We also have back-up medical personnel stationed in the State Prison Headquarters. Any emergency beyond the infirmary is referred to government hospitals outside the prison.”
“While in prison, she had been under regular ante-natal care at the General Hospital, Calabar. On 17th of April, 2019 by 1:30 p.m. when her labour began, she was admitted in the same hospital and a Caesarean Section was carried out on her.’’
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, has said that the government will continue to do its best for the care of the children.
It would be recalled that the government had donated the sum of N1 million and other gifts for the upkeep of the children.
The children had been named as Ben and Linda, after Governor Ben Ayade and his wife, Linda.