Police hunt medicine vendor over death of customer

Police hunt medicine vendor over death of customer


By our Reporter

Nigeria police have launched a manhunt on one Osayande Osakpamwan, a 30-year-old Patent Medicine Vendor, PMV otherwise called ‘Chemist operator’ wanted in Benin City, Edo State.

The declaration by the police, is subject to the death of one Mrs Christy Ugbo, 39-year-old mother of two Children who allegedly bought ‘over the counter medicine’ for undisclosed ailment.

Mrs Ugbo, was said to have feigned ignorance of her two months pregnancy when she walked into a local medicine vendor where Osakpamwan, prescribed 500mg of Ampiclox anti biotics to treat her infection.

A baseline information sourced through interviews, observation and post-test by medical experts, revealed that, the victim had suffered serious internal organs’ damage due to overdose of the tablets dispensed by the local vendor.

A Senior police Officer DSP Adekule James who confirmed the incident to our Reporter, said Mrs Christy Ugbo on July 15, 2017 bought Ampiclox and proguanil over-the-counter  from local pharmacist operated by Osayande Osakpamwan who is at large, at 23, Uwague Street, Oseye off Upper Sakponba Road, near the City Centre and died later over a suspected wrong prescription.

“The incident is unfortunate and we send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased, (Christy Ugbo) for the lost.

“The Police is on top of it and urge the bereeved family to be calm. However, we want to advise members of the Public particularly pregnant patients to seek, medical advice before buying it as it’s rarely recommended nowadays. For all other antibacterial tablets, you’ll need a prescription from your doctor”.

It was gathered that despite the police intervention into the matter, the aggrieved family members have accused the police of not doing enough to arrest the culprit.

Checks by our reporter indicated that some persons believed to be acting at the behest of Mrs Ugbo, attacked and inflicted injuries on some members of the fleeing family members of the local pharmacy shop in a bid to eliminate Osakpamwan whose whereabouts has become a source of worry to his distraught family.

The head and Spokesperson for the family of Pa Peter Efe Osayande had told our source, alleging that, their beloved son disappeared days after the incident for a likely fear of been lynched to death by the aggrieved family of the deceased.

“We are worried and concerned over the whereabout of our son. Since that day, we have not seen and hear from him. We don’t Know if they have killed our son as well.

“They (arsonists) came to me in the village here and threatened to kill all of us over the matter. We understand their frustration but hope to find away to talk to them it wasn’t deliberate to kill their daughter”.

Osayande while narrating his ordeal in an emotion-laden voice, recalled how hoodlums set their house ablaze while properties worth millions of naira had been destroyed during the incident.

TheNewspad reports that the provision of essential drugs and the involvement of various potential and existing health care providers particularly for teachers and traditional healers are too important primary health care strategies.

Most untrained local vendors have been responsible for actively supplying the medication needs of the communities, but the formal health establishment often views their activities with alarm.

One the methods to improve the quality of the PMVs’ contribution to primary care is through training, since no formal course is required of them before they are issued a license by the government.

But a Director in Edo Ministry of Health, who choose to be anonymous told our reporter that the State government has put in place frameworks to retrain some of the local medicine vendors to avoid reoccurrence.


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