A patient of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Edo State, has reportedly committed suicide by stabbing himself to death with a louvre blade.
The hospital management confirmed that the incident occurred on “Saturday 13th July, 2019, at about 10:30 pm at the male medical ward.”
It was gathered that the victim (name withheld), who had been treated at several private clinics in the city for an undisclosed ailment without success, was finally referred the UBTH.
Sources close to the victim’s family told our correspondent that the deceased might have taken his live out of frustration, as his family could not raise money for his treatment at the Hospital.
They added that while his wife left to look for money when the victim suddenly grabbed one of the louvre blades of the window beside his bed and stabbed himself to death.
A patient in the ward who did not want to be named was quoted to have said; “I do not know what the doctor told the man, he suddenly became wild and broke a louvre beside his window and stabbed himself to death. His wife was not around. There was blood everywhere, we were lucky not to have been injured.”
The UBTH image maker, Joshua Uwaila, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, described it as unfortunate.
He added that the hospital is currently conducting an autopsy on the victim’s remains.
“An unfortunate incident happened on Saturday night 13th July, 2019, at about 10:30 pm 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 11:00 pm. The result of autopsy is being awaited at the moment,” Uwaila said.