The investigation into the alleged stolen baby at the 34 Military Hospitals in Wilberforce by the police has been concluded. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) opined that the allegation could not be charged to court due to lack of evidence. The allegation was made by Beneta Kargbo who was admitted to the military hospital on the 16th November 2017 on account of labour pain. At the time she was accompanied by her mother and husband Mr. Reginald Glenn Taylor. She was observed to have difficult labour, said Staff Officer Grade 2, Major Yayah Brima, of Defence Public Relations and Information. Major Brima went on to say that Dr. Thomasia George, who was the Doctor-in-Charge was summoned to salvage the situation. “Fortunately, at about 7:20a.m, Beneta delivered a baby boy. Notwithstanding, the baby boy was pale and struggling for breath. He was resuscitated by the medical team but did not survive” he added.
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Major Brima further revealed that on the 22nd November, 2017, Kargbo was discharged with a death certificate issued to both her and the husband. However, 14months later Beneta Kargbo accused four medical workers of stealing her baby boy. Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Sevalie the Doctor in charge of the hospital said he considers the allegation as an attempt to dent the reputation of the hospital which has stood the test of time in terms of health care delivery. “On 22nd November 2019, the Lumley Police Station requested the release of the four medical workers. These medical workers were released to make statement to the police. However, Beneta Kargbo refused the police to obtained statement from her mother” Lt. Col. Sevalie said. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Lieutenant General Brima Sesay, of Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) for his part maintained that the 34 Military Hospital is committed to providing quality health services to the serving personnel and the general public. “It is president Bio’s wish to make it a reference hospital as it was built before the Ghana 37 and Nigeria 44 Military Hospitals. We spend a lot of money to send personnel for treatment to those hospitals. It is high time we upgrade ours” Lt. Gen. Sesay said with pride.
By David Thoronka
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