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Dad wants answers

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A RESTLESS father is demanding answers from the Ministry of Health for his daughter and unborn grandchild's death at the Labasa Hospital early last week.

While Sanaila Rokotala wouldn't apportion blame, he said the sad part was how doctors had different reasons for the death.

He said doctors informed him that his daughter suffered from leptospirosis and dengue fever, but the post-mortem examination results revealed she died of pneumonia and bleeding lungs.

Penina Sukawa Rabuka was seven months pregnant when she died with her unborn baby early last Tuesday morning. "I don't know whether the doctors are specialised enough or not but I feel that we are lacking experienced doctors and nurses here in Labasa.

"We don't want another family to go through this ordeal and I am calling on the ministry to recruit more experienced health professionals."

When contacted yesterday, ministry's permanent secretary Dr Eloni Tora said they would look into the matter.

Mr Rokotala said his daughter, who was in Batiri Village, visited the Seaqaqa hospital on March 7 where she was given penicillin and panadol.

He said the next morning his daughter called him and asked for an ambulance because she felt her condition had become worse.

On March 10 when Mr Rokotala went back to the hospital, he said his daughter's condition had improved.

"She was responding when we were talking to her," Mr Rokotala said.

"At 6pm when we went to see her again, we saw three machines attached to her.

"When I asked about her condition to the doctors, I was only told that she was in a serious condition and told nothing about the baby. They both passed away early Tuesday morning."

He said they were informed after the post-mortem examination that his daughter died of pneumonia and bleeding lungs.

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