Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Mother, Newly Born Twins 'Detained' in Hospital Over N100,000

Ado-Ekiti — For Mr and Mrs Oluwafemi Adebanjo, the harrowing experience they went through between December 23, 2012 and February 7, 2013 would ever linger on. The wife, Oluwakemi, and her newly born twins were 'detained' by a private hospital at Adebayo, Ado-Ekiti (name withheld), for their inability to settle hospital bills after delivery through Caesarian Section.

As the husband was battling how to settle the bill, his commercial motorcycle was impounded by the police for working late hours and demanded that he should produce N10,000 before the bike could be released to him.

However, the wife of the Ekiti state Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and Justice Sector Reform Committee saved the indigent family from the embarrassment as she settled the hospital bills before the woman and her twins were granted 'bail'.

Governor Fayemi had inaugurated the committee for quick dispensation of justice. Membership include representatives from the prison, police, judiciary, ministry of justice, NBA, NGOs, traditional institution, civil rights groups, lawyers from the academia, etc.

Sunday Trust reports that the harrowing experience of the family started on December 23, 2012 when Oluwakemi was rushed to the hospital in a bad state after several hours of painful labour. She was said to be bleeding profusely when she was taken to the hospital from a mission home where futile attempts were made to deliver her of the twins.

To save the lives of the woman and her babies in the foetus, it was gathered that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital (name withheld) had rushed her to the theatre where the CS was performed on her.

After the safe delivery of the woman, a nurse in the hospital told Sunday Trust, the hospital was surprised that no relative of the woman came forward to settle her hospital bills, put at about N100,000, to secure her discharge.

The nurse, who pleaded anonymity, added, "Since it was not a charity home, the hospital decided to keep the woman and the babies in the hospital pending the time her relatives would come forward to offset the medical bill, even if not in whole."

While the travails of the woman lasted, the husband, a panel beater, who just relocated to Ado-Ekiti with his wife, was said to be working with his bike to raise enough money to settle the bill when he was arrested around 10.30pm for working late. But, alas, he could not as his efforts could only provide meal for his wife and cater for other needs of the babies.

His plea for mercy could not save him as he alleged that the police confiscated his bike and demanded the payment of N10,000 to bail the okada. This compounded his woes as he could no longer fend for his wife, while the hospital bill kept mounting.

In his bid to raise money to rescue his family members from the hospital, he then resorted to moving from one church to the other to beg for assistance, from where fortunes smiled on him.

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