Father of triplets who were delivered in July 2014 at a private hospital in Asaba, the Delta State capital, is in panic as the hospital management detained kids and mother over alleged inability to pay N723,100.00 medical bill.
According to the distraught father of the triplets, Mr. Godswill Echenim, he took his wife to the private clinic (name withheld) due to the prolong strike by doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in public hospitals.
Mr. Echenim, a fashion designer in 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 in 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,” he said.
Thus, he is appealing to the government and the general public for help. He has alredy spent over N60,000 on the nurse who was taking care of the babies at night, plus other spendings on food, pampers and drugs.
“It is just too much for us, we need help from the public,” Echenim said.
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