2 Months Old Triplets, Parents Detained In Hospital Over Unpaid Bills

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Sep 3rd, 2014
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ANDREW IKEHI
A set of triplet who were delivered in July, this year at the Group Christian Medical Centre in Asaba, the Delta State capital are now being held by the hospital management over alleged inability by the parents to raise the sum of N723,100.00 to settle medical bills.
Father of the triplet, Mr. Godswill Echenim told newsmen in Asaba that he took his wife to the private medical facility due to the prolong strike by doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in public hospitals.
Echenim, a fashion designer in the local community of Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state, said the medical bill was too much for his family to bear and appealed to the government and good spirited individuals to come to his aid.
“For about seven weeks since the kids were delivered we have been at this hospital. I had registered my wife for ante-natal at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba but because of the strike by doctors, I brought her here for the delivery.
“The kids were delivered through caesarean section and were taken to the incubator where they spent over one month before their discharge. Now the bill has come up to N723,100.00 and still running because we are still here.
“So I am appealing to the government and the general public for help so that I would be able to bring up the babies in the way of God. We have spent over N60,000 for the nurse who was taking care of the babies at night.
“I have started buying food for them and they take a full can for three days. We buy pampers for N1500.00 which lasts for just three days. This is besides the drugs we have been buying. It is just too much for us, we need help from the public,” Echenim appealed.
He said the triplets were his first set of children since he got married over five years ago, adding that his wife had remained jobless after her graduation from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo State.

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