A private hospital, known as Unique Health Medical Center, in Warri, Delta State, has allegedly refused to release a newborn over parents’ inability to clear N383,500 hospital bill.
EVENTNG learnt that mother of the twins, Mrs Akpesiri Ojiko was delivered of the babies, November 17, 2022, at the general hospital in Warri.
It was gathered that one of the twins was referred to the medical centre due to limited accommodation at the General Hospital.
Mrs Ojiko, thereby, called on the State government and members of the public to help in clearing the medical outstanding.
She said, “I give birth to the babies on November 17 last year, a male and a female at the general hospital Warri but the hospital management told us that they did not have bed space to accommodate the babies and they cannot keep the two babies in one bed.
“They started calling some clinics to refer the baby but we refused because we know some of these clinics they mention, and we told them that they are expensive and that can’t pay their bills.
“Finally, they referred us to Unique Health Medical Center here in Warri, we don’t have any options than to go.
“The baby was to be discharged on November 27, 2022, but since we couldn’t pay the bill, the hospital seized the baby until we pay the balance the baby will not be released.
“The bill is N433,500 before my sister brought N50,000. We have paid N50,000 for my sister brought, then we will pay the balance of N383,500 for my baby to be released.
“My baby is about a month and some weeks while I have not set my eyes on the female baby for a month now, don’t even allow me to see her. Please I’m begging governor Ifeanyi Okowa and others to help me”
Father of the babies, Destiny Ojiko, a tricycle rider was said to have ran away upon getting wind of N433,500 hospital bill.
Destiny, who has resurfaced begged Nigerians for assistance in order to have access to the babies.
Several appeals to get the hospital release the female baby proved abortive as the doctor in charge insisted on the payment of N382,500 balance.