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A Chief Nursing Officer, Mr. Alfred Aderibigbe, who treated late Senator Isiaka Adeleke earlier before his death has disclosed that he was sedated and given banned Analgin drug to ease his leg pains.
Aderibigbe, who appeared before the coroner inquest set up by the state government to probe Adelekeâ€™s death thursday, narrated that the late senator had taken some medications before he got to his house around 4:30 a.m. April 23, 2017, the day of his death.
The nurse explained that he met Adeleke in pains with his friend, Dipo Faborode, and treated him with the prescription the senator gave to him, even as he admitted that it was unethical to administer drug to patients with their own prescription.
He disclosed that Adeleke received hydrocotisol, diacepham, analgin and fortwin for his treatment.
According to Aderibigbe, the analgin and other drugs administered to the senator were bought by the deceased, disclosing that Adeleke had handed over a bag of drugs to him on April 17, 2017, to keep.
He denied given the senator over-dose drugs just as he disclosed that Adeleke do always requested for double dose during treatment.
When asked the function of diacepham drug, Aderibigbe said it was for sedation, even as he submitted that the organs of a person that is sedated cannot function properly and that it is dangerous to central nervous system.
Aderibigbe who works at Comprehensive Health Centre, Edunabon, Osun State, explained that hydrocotisom is a steroid while analgin is an analgesic for pain reliever.
He said analgin and steroid did not go together in the body system, adding that analgin and excessive alcohol intake might lead to overdose.
Aderibigbe said: â€œI was sleeping when I heard some people banging my door around 4a.m. on April 23, 2017. I opened the door and saw two men who told me that senator wanted to see me. I checked my phone and there were 16 missed calls from Adeleke, his friend Dipo Faborode and some other people in his house. I called the senatorâ€™s phone number and Faborode answered the call before handing it over to him. He told me to be on my way with the drugs he gave me to keep.
â€œI got to the senatorâ€™s house around 4:33a.m. and I met him in pains with some oral drug and bottle water. I asked what the matter was and he told me he had been in pains for some hours and had also taken some drugs but the pain persisted. He also told me he was weak. He asked me to bring out the injections. The senator was suffering from gout-leg pains.
â€œI did blood pressure, respiratory, pulse and other tests and other vital organs test were normal. I took four amples of diacepam, two amples of analgin (200mg), hydrocotysol, fortwin, gentamysin (160mg) to the senatorâ€™s house which were part of the drugs he gave to me.
â€œI set up drip and diluted it with hydrocotisol. I gave him three amples of diacepham (40mg), 1 analgin, two amples of forwim. He insisted on taking four amples of diacepham but I resisted.
He started falling asleep and I waited till around 7:50a.m. before I left for church.
â€œI got back around 9:30a.m. and met Dipo. I went straight to the senatorâ€™s room and saw that he was still sleeping and I turned back. Immediately I turned back, Dipo told me that senator raised his hand. I went back and I raised up his hand but it dropped. I knew there was little life in him. I gave him heart massage but he was not responding normally, Dipo and I shouted which attracted others.
The senator was rushed into his vehicle and headed to Osogbo in a one-way drive. I knew he would die â€œbefore getting to Osogbo because there was nobody to give him heart massage to save him.â€
Aderibigbe disclosed that he was dead before getting to Biket Hospital in Osogbo.
He stated that the Chief Medical Director of the Biket Hospital, Dr. Adebisi Adenle; Adelekeâ€™s sibling, Mrs. Dupe Sani; the former Attorney General of Osun State, Mr. Wale Afolabi, all exclaimed when the empty amples given to the senator by him and the oral drugs were brought to them, saying it was an overdose.
He submitted that it was not the drugs he administered to the senator that killed him.