As Poverty Bites Harder, Hospital Holds Mother Of Triplets Hostage Over Unpaid Medical Bill


Teryima Andrew, Jos


A wife of a peasant farmer Mrs. Wakleng Gotus, who deliver triplets at the Pankshin General hospital in Plateau state has been held captive by the hospital management for not been able to offset her bill of 165,000 Naira for the about a month.


Family sources told Journalists in Jos, that Mrs. Gotus deliver at the said hospital through caesarean session, though successfully, but can not afford the charges by hospital, and have been kept there.


The family source revealed that the woman and her husband has no means of footing the bill charge them.


“She and her husband are poor farmers, and are expected to pay the bill for the delivery of the triplets God has bless them with, 75,000 Naira was charge for the caesarean session charges alone, other charges amount to 90,000 Naira, totalling 165,000 Naira for the entire hospital bill.”


Our source stressed further that “their inability to meet these demands by the hospital have kept them in the there (hospital) since delivery four weeks ago, and the charges are increasing daily.” He explain


It was learnt that, management of the hospital allegedly refuse releasing the mother of the triplets for close to four weeks, insisting that they must pay the sum in full before allowing them vacate the hospital.


The Mr/Mrs Gotus are residence of Wuseli, a nearby village to Pankshin town, where the general hospital is located. Pankshin is a local government council headquarters at central Plateau state.



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