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Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

A yet-to-be identified man who was admitted at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has killed himself. The incident was said to have occurred last Saturday at the Accident and Emergency (A & E) Ward of the hospital.

A sister of the patient who accompanied his brother to the hospital was said to be away to get some items at a nearby shop within the hospital premises when the tragedy occurred.

Witnesses said the man stabbed himself to death with a broken louvre beside his bed while waiting for doctors to attend to him. According to the witness who said he was also admitted at the hospital, the deceased came to the hospital with his wife.

“The man suddenly became wild and broke a louvre beside his window and stabbed himself to death”, he said.

“His wife or sister was not around. She went out to buy something outside. There was blood everywhere. We were lucky not to have been injured. The dead body of the man was accompanied by his family member to the hospital, to be deposited at the morgue.”

Spokesman for the hospital, Mr. Joshua Uwaila confirmed the incident. He said: “An unfortunate incident happened on Saturday night, July 13, at about 10:30p.m. when a young man who was a patient at the male medical ward of our hospital (diagnosis not disclosed for confidentiality sake), suddenly broke a louvre and stabbed himself. All efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive as he was certified dead at 11:00p.m. The result of autopsy is being awaited at the moment.”


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