Sunday, 6 August 2017

PLATEAU: RECESSION: PATIENTS TURN PRISONERS IN HOSPITALS, AS THEY CAN’T PAY THEIR BILLS---INVESTIGATION


By: Valentine Adese,
 
The situation in the country is getting worst daily, with the persisting economy recession, as most Nigerians who cannot pay their medical bills are held back in most hospitals as prisoners, pending the settlements of their bills. 

In Plateau state, most hospitals now have occupants who are patients that cannot offset their bills, owing to their low or lack of economic power and are therefore held back in the Hospitals as prisoners pending the payment of their bills, REALITY investigation reveals.

In ECWA Teaching Hospital in Jos Plateau state, though a Christian established Hospital, 50% of the patients who cannot offset their bills are still held there as prisoners.

REALITY finding shows that, such patients though discharged, are not allowed to see outside the gates of the Hospital. Just few days ago an escapee patient was caught and arrested back to the Hospital from the popular Polo Roundabout.


Sources from the Hospital told REALITY that, the patient embarked on escaping as he has lost all hopes of settling his bill.

However, worrisome to most patients in the Hospital is the high rate of medical services in the Christian based ECWA Hospital. Apart from picking the Hospital card for N1500.00, some patients who spoke to REALITY lamented that to screen blood samples cost close to N6000.00.

They said apart from the cost, the slow process of attending to patients in the Hospital is of concern, as most deaths recorded in the hospital are mostly based on it.

They further called on the State and Federal Governments to put a check on the Hospital to know how donated bloods by good Nigerians to the Hospital are put to use, as they suspect that they are sold to patients allegedly.

“We are worried because, Nigerians donate their bloods freely to the Hospital to save life. The federal and state governments must put a check to know and see how they are put to use. Since we have been in this hospital, we have suspected how the donated bloods are used. Sometimes, we feel they are sold to patients.
“You must know that, even those that donate blood in this Hospital are left at God’s mercy, as they are not provided for. The donors buy milk and other life saving things to take after donation from their pickets.” They stated.

You would recall that ECWA, as a Church is mostly populated by poor Nigerians and they have out of their little savings, contributed to the establishment and building of not only the Church but, the Hospital and other institutions under the Church.

You would also recall that despite the high level of income generated by the Hospital from the poor, staff of the Hospital kept the Hospital gates under lock and key for none payment of their entitlements recently.
Concerned Nigerians are using this medium to call on all governments in the country, to visit these Hospitals to free these citizens.

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