For N3500, Woman Lost Grandchild

… Appeals Help from the Public

By Oginyi Nkechinyere

A grandmother, Christina Emeokoro, from Nkalagu in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state has shared a sad story of how she lost one of her grandchildren because she could not afford N3500 to procure drugs for her daughter during labour in their village.

Christina Emeokoro, who disclosed this to Citizens’ Advocate at Mile Four Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, appealed to Ebonyi State Government, public spirited individuals to come to her aid, adding that she could not pay the hospital bill of N180,000 after their discharge from the hospital.

Christiana disclosed that her fifteen years old daughter, Victoria Emeokoro was impregnated by one Onuabuchi Ali-Brutus at Nkalagu in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.

According to her, her daughter was impregnated immediately she finished her primary education by Onuabuchi, whose whereabouts is unknown.

She said that since her daughter became pregnant nine months ago, she had been catering for her without any support from her supposed husband.

She said she was not aware when labour started, but she suddenly noticed that her daughter gave birth to a baby after which they noticed another baby popping out of her before she was rushed to Mile Four Hospital.

She lamented that she had no money to offset the medical bills, adding that the surviving child which is still in the incubator was given birth through Cesarean section, adding that they have been billed N180,000.

She said, “After my daughter was impregnated by that boy nine months ago and ran away, I have been the one catering for my daughter because the boy that impregnated her is nowhere to be found. He did not contribute anything throughout the period of my daughter’s pregnancy.”

“I didn’t know that she was in labour. She gave birth to one of the babies at home. After she delivered the first baby, we saw the second one bringing out its hand. We tried to make her deliver at home, but our efforts were unsuccessful, that was when we came to Mile Four Hospital.”

“The painful aspect of it was that I was not holding any money on me. We have been receiving assistance from people. It was even someone who donated blood to my daughter. I am confused now because I am not sure where to get help. And I do not know where to get money to offset the bill. It is even difficult for us to eat food.”

“The first child died because I was not able to afford N3,500 to buy drugs for my daughter. She gave birth to the second child through Cesarean section. The surviving baby is in the incubator. The hospital bill they gave to us is N180,000”, she disclosed.

All efforts made by our correspondent to get reactions from the hospital management were frustrated by the hospital personnel.

Despite spending over 2 hours in the hospital on Thursday, our reporter was asked to apply in writing what she wants from them.

Meanwhile, a source that preferred not to be mentioned disclosed that since missionary hospitals in the state stop receiving subventions from the state government, discharged patients find it difficult to offset their medical bills because of its exorbitant nature. The source added that as a missionary hospital, its management was cautious of disclosing the hospital activities, adding that other religious bodies were out to malign the hospital.

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