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Patient stabs self at UBTH

A yet- to – be – identified patient on Saturday reportedly stabbed himself to death at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

The incident was said to have occurred at the Accident and Emergency (A & E) ward of the hospital on Saturday night.

The incident occurred hours before a final-year student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), reportedly committed suicide by jumping down from the 2nd floor of a hostel building on Sunday evening at the faculty of arts.

The deceased was said to be a student of the department of actuarial science, faculty of management sciences. The patient whose source of ailment was unknown at press time was alleged to have taken his own life while awaiting a doctor.

The hospital’s image-maker, Joshua Uwaila, who confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate.

“An unfortunate incident happened on Saturday night, July 13, 2019 at about 10:30 pm when a young man who was a patient at the male medical ward of our hospital suddenly broke a louvre and stabbed himself.

“All efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive as he was certified dead at 11:00 pm. The result of autopsy is being awaited at the moment” he said.

It was also gathered that no sooner had the wife of the deceased stepped out of the ward to buy something at a nearby shop within the hospital premises than the tragedy happened.

The incident, however, resulted in a spontaneous protest by helpless patients at the ward.

A witness who was also admitted to the ward on Saturday night, said: “the deceased came into the hospital with his wife.

The witness, who pleaded anonymity, said the deceased had a talk with his doctor before the incident. The remains of the deceased have since been deposited in the hospital morgue.

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