Following the death of 14-year-old Amina Ibrahim, after reacting to a combination of drugs that she took,MOTUNRAYO JOEL writes about the dangers of self-prescription and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, the rare but dangerous medical condition that it can trigger
Amina Ibrahim’s mother, Maryam, rushed to her daughter’s bedside, knelt down and began to pray loudly in Hausa, hot tears running down her face soaking her black hijab. Her wailing rang out loud and clear filling the air within Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital in Kano State.
“I hoped that my baby will survive. She cannot die; she will be healed. You cannot die; we will all go home together,” she cried. But her prayer was futile. Her daughter didn’t rise up to pacify her. Fourteen-year-old Amina was dead.