Two pregnant women reportedly collapse, die during teachers verification

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News reports have revealed the unusual and untimely deaths of two pregnant women who reportedly collapsed and died during a teachers verification exercise in Bauchi State.

The unfortunate incident if reported to have taken place, yesterday, April 5, 2016,while they had been waiting to be screened by the Verification Team from the office of the Account General of the Bauchi state government.

Vanguard reports that the two pregnant women whose names have been withheld, had been among over 6,000 teachers in the state who had been asked to assemble at the state local government education secretariat for their verification screening before they would be able to collect their salaries.

An eyewitness, Abubakar Yusuf, who is a teacher at the Baba Didi primary school, reportedly revealed to Vanguard that the first woman, who had been seven months pregnant at the time of her death, had fainted due to the congestion in the crowd.

The crowd of desperate teachers had been pushing to be verified, which had triggered heavy congestion during the exercise.

Mr Yusuf said:

“Some of the people who came early were lucky enough to be verified, but as the crowd kept increasing, people began to push each other. In the process, an unidentified pregnant woman fainted and went into a comma.

“Another pregnant woman also collapsed and had a miscarriage instantly. The two pregnant women were rushed to the hospital for treatment. We later heard that they died.”

May their souls rest in peace.

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