Nigerian Woman Loses Her Triplets In Lagos Over Inability To Pay Medication Bill

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April 24, 2013 – Unable To Pay Medication Fee, Nigerian Woman Loses Her Triplets In Lagos

Nigerian Woman Loses Her Triplets In Lagos Over Inability To Pay Medication Bill

What A Loss! For Temitope Sanni, the birth of a set of triplets has become more of a curse than blessing: Shortly after they were born, the babies, all boys, died one after the other. Reason being that the parents could not raise the N4,000 required of them to buy drugs.

Apparently because of the family’s indigent condition, the woman was delivered of the babies in the parlour of the Face-Me-I-Face-You bungalow she and her husband share with others, at Ilogbo, near Sango-Ota, Ogun State.

The home delivery was carried out by her niece. Seeing that the kids were too fragile, the mother and father were advised to take them to a clinic. At a nearby clinic, Damisile Medical Centre, the family was advised to rush the babies to a general hospital.

With N2,500 as all they could gather, the family rushed the babies to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), but were told that there were no beds to admit the babies and their mother.

The mother and father dashed out of LASUTH and went to the Federal Government-owned Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). By the time they arrived at LUTH, one of the babies had died. At LUTH, they were told to go buy some drugs for the remaining two boys. The total cost of the drugs was put at N4,000.

Having paid transport fare from their home, first to LASUTH and then to LUTH, the total money left on the mother, a petty trader, and her husband was N1,850.

In frustration, they left for home hoping to raise money. By the time they got home some 30 minutes after, another of the boys had died. Few hours after, the third also died.

The Minister of Health, Prof. C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu had recently lamented lamented that at present, there is no mechanism for emergency care in the country.

He noted that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which is voluntary, covers people in the public service only. Plans to expand it to accommodate more people, especially in the informal sector are still being worked out.

The minister, at an interactive session with health writers in Lagos, also disclosed that there were plans to make the present voluntary NHIS mandatory for every Nigerian citizen so that through it, many poor Nigerians can get health care.

“I am proud that the NHIS is working and we hope to make it mandatory, either by tax system or contribution,’’ he said.

Responding to a question on how to address demands by hospitals that patients pay before attending to emergencies, he said, “No hospital under my charge insists on payment before attending to emergencies”, but for the private hospitals, we encourage them.”

He disclosed that a policy that will address that is currently being formulated, but it will go through a lot of process including the Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage.

His words, “What I am proposing is that there has to be some kind of mechanisms for emergencies, which government can guarantee. That way, you and I can fall back on that because emergency could affect anyone.

“You may be enjoying a meal and accidentally, you have a bone stuck somewhere in your throat and your life is in danger when you never thought it could happen. You can have emergency at anytime and under emergency, no one prepares for it.”

Chukwu said under these circumstances, the only way is to rely on insurance, if the affected person is an insurance policy holder and secondly, we are trying to develop a special fund that can be guaranteed by government.

He however appealed to Nigerians to take up some form of insurance.

If people fail to take insurance, Chukwu said there will be a problem, because someone must provide the funds for emergency care, otherwise hospitals handling emergencies without payment will ultimately close down.

[Source : Nigerian Compass]

30 thoughts on “Nigerian Woman Loses Her Triplets In Lagos Over Inability To Pay Medication Bill

  1. Is a pity, the hospital they ran to should have provided the drugs for the babies knowing to the fact of what will happened to them and at most retain them in the hospital pending when they can repay the money. It’s unfortunate.

  2. is unfair.why life is unfair on people??why are we,amiable money.more then life?is money,should be.everything,we should live,for?cant someone,tell me.what is life. and what is,money.have we,ever felt, impress.hw does we,feel.its pains.it seems n’t.what do we,knw.about pains.

  3. So bad, very wicked souls, may God forgive all the doctors and nurses. They wasted 3 goods souls for 4,000 naira only, too bad.

  4. It is unfortunate, all our govt kwn is to set up a project dy can nt finish dy 4get about lives & properties of dy less previledge.

  5. Government of few,for few and by few,giant of africa indeed,i weep for you lovely babies…its a shame.

  6. Mr. Minister, you did not answer d question, the hospital in question is a federal government owned hospital, and the couple in question are poor can’nt afford drugs of N4,000 because of this amount the triplets died and you are talking about insurance policy, what did an illetrate husband and wife know about insurance. I dont know what you are talking about, if it was to be a child of the minister, the children will be flown to advance country. God have mercy

  7. Whoever is responsible for the death of those children directly or indirectly will receive their reward from God. Live does not worth anything in this country. Loosing 3 children at a time? It is too bad. May God console the parents of the children.

  8. When I was in Nigeria in general hospital I wanted to have a baby they told me there was no bed I had to wait, even though I already paid my paid for my all my bill for delivery they not let me in just because I left my baby require things at home, because I didn’t know I was in labour i thought I was just having some stomach pain.i was so surprise two weeks when I got to us and I wanted to go to hospital to have my baby and I didn’t get to take anything to the hospital, you not believe it, I was giving everything,baby cloths, diapers,baby food,my sanitary,food,even baby & diapers to take home,and government paid for everything I didn’t get to pay dime. I don’t even have medical insurance then.
    Our government need to make some changes ,this can’t continue like this ,this is really unfair , that is the last thing America will do, no matter what it’s about saving life first before money, look at how many people died everyday in Nigeria just because they can’t afford treatment.some don’t even bother to go to the hospital because they can’t afford it ,so they prefer to do self medication .that is why they have a lot of auxiliary nurses treating people in their house. This is not suppose to be like so. Please government should create medical insurance that is when they don’t defraud people . Please many children’s have died even when the sickness is treatable . May God console this family.

  9. I blame the doctor and nurses of the hospital in which the babies were taken to. They should have given them the reqired treatment, and later retend the babies until payment is made. This is absolute wickedness! Money is not life, we should atleast show a heart of simpathy to the poor in the society. All fingers r not equal. I don’t know why some pple have a heart of stone in them.

  10. I dnt jst knw wht 2 say: 9ja dos nt hv pity atall, a triplet jst allow 2 die in gov hospital, i wonder hw the lives of those stpd nurses nd doctors will be; God hv mercy upon those parents.

  11. So those bunch of blessng actualy died b/c of mere 4000, This is incredible i must say, wht kind of hospitals nd doctors do we hav in dis country, Anyways may deir souls rest in perfect peace Amen.

  12. God help us in this country ooo three son..is a pity nigeria never real the new name for nigeria is nigefake cause it’s not real

  13. Dis is wickedness,hw much is 4000 drug dat made those wicked doctor and nurses not to pay and save d life of dose babies first,maybe cease dem or keep them when their parent pays dey wud take back their kids,dis does not happen in advance country,but d government pay amnesty to criminal,nemesis will caught up with them all.

  14. Where are we heading to Nigerians?our medical personnals are murderers not life savers,how can a whole gov.hospital have no bed to addmit a nursing mother,fine there is no bed,cant they even help to take care of the babies before sending them to another hospital, now even the hospital that ask for the 4000 seeing the babies dying, they could not hepl out with the drug, and we are all Nigerian, Haba. if it were there own children is it the same they will do?

  15. God is seeing everything i have nothing to say. untill now people still dont beleive that God is up there keeping account. money money money. the boys are in heaven which is the best place to be.

  16. In as much as wat d doctors did was very very terrible…but pls lets aportion a little blame also to d father and mother of d child..no matter how illitrate,culdnt they av borrowed money and keep in d house incase of unseen events..at least like 10k…and dats d minimum as per government..its a pity sha and those involved at d hospital will reap wat dey have sowed in multiple folds..nonsense…mere 4k and doctor culd not wave it…upon how much earn..also three babies die cos of peanuts..

  17. D doctor is a wicked human being,i pray dat God will reward him as usual cos his judgement is waiting for him on d last day.

  18. This is no country, this is not the first time such thing has happened. I believe that those practicing medicine in this part of the world don’t know what it entails to be a medical practitioner.

  19. Dis s a country whr lifes s valueless loosing 3 children at D same time nobody cld even come their rescue.GOD ve mercy on pple D parent of D children wl be rewarded wt anoda i pray

  20. It dis a matter of time, wat so ever a Man sow shall he reap since dy Doctors cannot safe dy life of ds Children bcuz of #4000 may God 4give dem, our Government re so perplex dat dy only way dy cn listen 2 der perplexity dis by stealing Nigeria Money 2 other country dat dis why some of dem re still Suffering 4rom one sickness 2 dy Other, Example u know now i don’t need 2 mention Der Name

  21. Wot a shame n wickedness to d doctors n nurses dat were dere seeing 3 blessed babies gone jst becouse of 4,000 naria.oh have mercy.

  22. Hmm! Wat a world of misery? Mr President secretly paid $40,000 000 to Isreali to Monitor d Nigerian Satellite of which u nd i knw dat is of no value. Sir,there re beta tinx u should hav used dat money 4.. Health 1st b/cos Health they said is wealth….can u imagine Govt hospital has no bed even 4 a Nursing mother! Sum pple re heartless,wat is #4,000? Can u compare wat u Normaly giv to ur useless so called gal frnd dat u can nt save a soul… I tink we nid Serious prayer in dis country.. And 4 d parents,pls unbehalf of my Family,frnds,relatives nd my fellow-Students 4rm Benue State,i wish to regista my Condolence! Accept my Sympathy…R.I.P triplet…d batle is of d Lord

  23. doctors are to save life not to destroy but the doctors in our so call’d country ninja have destroyed many life bcos of money. Govt should look into pls. Nobody knows it may be ur turn or a close relation 2moro.

  24. Dis wht sympathy,wht a culd govt,dis do happen in evry govt hospital I wnt 2 NATH NEWI n experience d same tin.wht is #4000,can’t one of d doc paid d moni immediately,or r dey telling me dt they don’t av d moni in hand.BAD GOVT.wen wil najia change d poor r really suffering.may d souls of dis little babies rest in peace AMEN.ADUIE TRIPLET

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