By Abiodun Azi-Lagos
Mojol Hospital, Church Street in the Shasha area of Lagos on Wednesday refuted detaining nursing mother over a bill of N95,000.
The hospital’s Administrative Officer, Mr Salami Akindayo, told newsmen in Lagos that a publication by one of the national dailies had on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, published that it detained the a patient because of the said sum which was untrue.
Akindayo said that the person in question, Blessing Bassey, was brought into the hospital by 3 a.m. by her neighbours on March 6 in coma.
“She was seven months pregnant and had been taken to Igando general hospital before.”
“It was Igando general hospital that stabilised her after spending four hours there.
“When she was brought in by hebyr neighbours, the hospital’s surgeon checked if the baby was still breathing.
“On discovering that she was still breathing, she was operated upon in coma and was not on Anasthasia because we don’t know the level of her coma.
“The operation was successful and the baby was alive and after delivery, she was in coma until Oct. 12 and the neighbours said they don’t have money to pay,” he said.
He said that her bill was N350,000 and when the husband paid the first installment of N15, 000 on March 10, the hospital had to waive N100, 000 for her.
Akindayo said that ever since, the husband had been making payments of N5,000, N13,000 and like that.
He said that the husband pays in installment and Bassey had to be moved to the anoother ward.
Akinsanya said that Bassey was troublesome in nature that she picks quarrel with other patients at will.
“On Sunday, a journalist came to the hospital under the pretext of an evangelist and took her picture.
“The hospital was shocked to see it in the newspaper publication that she was being detained because of N95, 000.
“Mojol hospital wants to state that the Punch Publication was untrue. The hospital had even written to some organisation, including Ohaneze group to help discharge Bassey.
“The hospital usually saves lives first before asking for payment.
Akindayo said that the hospital had been in existence since 2012 and was a registered hospital.