In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, October, 2020

Heartbreaking Story Of Nursing Mom Detained In Lagos Hospital Over N95,000 Debt

Heartbreaking Story Of Nursing Mother Detained In Lagos Hospital Over N95,000 Debt

Blessing Bassey

The lady and the infant

A nursing mom recognized as Blessing Bassey and her child have been sleeping on the ground of one of many wards of Mojol Hospital, Church Road, within the Shasha space of Lagos State, for seven months for owing N95,000 hospital invoice.

In accordance with PUNCH Metro, it was gathered that the hospital administration ordered nurses and docs to make sure that Blessing and her daughter didn’t go away the hospital premises.

The PUNCH correspondent, throughout a go to to the hospital, noticed the 27-year-old and her baby sleeping on the ground.

Blessing, who bemoaned her destiny, mentioned efforts by her husband to boost the cash had been abortive.

The Cross River State indigene defined that her husband, a mechanic, tried to do menial jobs to boost the funds, however failed.

Whereas recalling how she received to the hospital, Blessing mentioned she was unconscious on March 6, 2020, when she was rushed to a medical facility the place she was initially  registered.

She mentioned, “I used to be seven months’ pregnant that point. I collapsed and was rushed to the hospital I registered with, however they didn’t have gear for a caesarean part, so I used to be referred to Mojol Hospital. I used to be rushed to the hospital that very same night time and a CS was carried out to save lots of my life and the infant.

“Some days after the CS was accomplished, I used to be informed that our invoice was N300,000; we paid N100,000 out of it.

“After paying, the proprietor of the hospital mentioned the invoice was N350,000. Considered one of our neighbours got here to beg her to scale back the cash, and she or he diminished it to N250,000.

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“We have been capable of pay a complete of N155,000 and begged her to permit me to go and work so we may pay the stability by instalments, however she refused. I’ve been within the hospital since then.

“I had not spent one month on the hospital mattress after the CS once I was informed to maneuver to the ground. I needed to unfold my wrapper on the ground in order that my child and I may sleep and that’s the place now we have been sleeping for the previous seven months.

“I don’t have any cash on me. I begged those who come to go to different sufferers for cash to feed myself and the infant.”

The Administrative Officer of the hospital, Salami Akindayo, informed PUNCH Metro that related sufferers launched with the hope of getting paid by instalments defaulted.

He mentioned, “She was rushed to our hospital on emergency and we tried to save lots of her life earlier than even asking for cash. After the supply was accomplished, she was unconscious for 5 days earlier than ultimately coming spherical. And when she was given the invoice, the MD needed to scale back it in order that they may pay.

“We have now launched sufferers who promised to pay, however they by no means did. So, we determined that any affected person that didn’t pay the hospital invoice gained’t be discharged. The hospital has written letters to some organisations to ask if they may help her; we’re nonetheless ready for his or her response. I’ve offered her matter to the Ohaneze group and so they promised to get again to us.”

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A rights activist, Esther Ogwu, who condemned the motion of the hospital, said that cash was being contributed for Blessing’s launch.

“What the hospital ought to have accomplished was make her signal an endeavor to pay the stability,”
she added.

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