Sunday, February 8, 2009
NIGERIAN DOCTOR, HOLDS ABORTION RECORD?
Information reaching Icheoku has it that a Nigerian medical doctor based in Orile-Lagos, who performs about 70 abortions every day, has been arrested for allegedly selling the aborted fetuses to herbalist and medicine men who use them for rituals? Wonders shall never end in Lagos, Nigeria! In a country where only about 750,000 abortions are performed every year, this doctor really holds a record, having cornered a large percentage of the baby-killing market? A medical records book found on the hospital premises revealed that in addition to the over 70 abortions procured at the hospital daily, the doctor has no respect for holy days? The medical records dated from November 28, 2008 to January 14, 2009 showed that even on December 25, 2008, which was Jesus Christ's birthday (Christmas), the doctor performed abortions - recording his lowest daily output yet - just 11 abortions only? The records indicates that one month pregnancy costs about N1, 500 ($10) to abort, two months pregnancy N2,500 ($20), three months pregnancy N3,500 ($30) in that progression while special and delicate cases which are more than four months old cost in excess of about N5000 ($50). The record also showed that patients travel from as far as neighbouring countries of Benin Republic, Togo etc to seek this doctor's services; the doctor who is reputed to successfully abort pregnancies at any stage of its growth?
The doctor and his staff has since been taken to court on a three- count charge of attempts to procure abortion, conspiracy and supplying instruments to procure abortion. According to the police, they had to swing into action in order to stop "further waste of humanity in that place". Icheoku notes, abortion is illegal in Nigeria, except where the patient's life is in jeopardy?