A government hospital in Lagos, Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, has detained eight women, who were reported to be nursing mothers and had their deliveries at the hospital. The mothers were detained over their inability to pay accrued hospital bills arising from delivery services.
Consequent upon this detention, the movement of the affected women has been restricted to the premises of the Maternity and Child Complex (MCC) domiciled at the Alimosho General Hospital.
The women, who often wear uniforms provided by the hospital, are closely monitored by security officials on duty who ensure that they are always restricted within the MCC.
New Telegraph reports that it is not only security officials that monitor the detained patients, even nurses on duty keep an eye on the patients anytime any of them steps out of the ward where they are being held.
One of the detained women, Fati Mohammed, had now been abandoned by her spouse owing to the couple’s inability to pay baby delivery service fee. Also detained are Mrs. Anna Ifoga, who is a petty trader; Mrs. Funmilayo Adegboye, also a petty trader, and Mrs. Basirat Kosoko
In a similar occurrence in another West African country, a private hospital was accused of detaining a baby for 5 months at their clinic due to the fact that the parents of the baby could not pay the hospital delivery bills.
A lot of people were enraged when they got hold of the news on the baby’s detention. It was even worse as the mother of the baby was allowed to go source for the funds, which amounted to about $3,630 while the baby was left at the clinic.
The President of the country and other meaningful individuals had to intervene in the matter before the baby was released. A funding campaign was launched and contributions were made toward the payment of the debt.
The director of the medical centre was eventually arrested, but later released.