What A Loss! FOR Temitope Sanni, the birth of a set of triplets has become more of a curse than blessing: Shortly after they were born, the babies, all boys, died one after the other. Reason being that the parents could not raise the N4,000 required of them to buy drugs.
Apparently because of the family’s indigent condition, the woman was delivered of the babies in the
parlour of the Face-Me-I-Face-You bungalow she and her husband share with others, at Ilogbo, near Sango-Ota, Ogun State.
home delivery was carried out by her niece. Seeing that the kids were
too fragile, the mother and father were advised to take them to a
clinic. At a nearby clinic, Damisile Medical Centre, the family was
advised to rush the babies to a general hospital.
With N2,500 as
all they could gather, the family rushed the babies to the Lagos State
University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), but were told that there were no
beds to admit the babies and their mother.
The mother and father
dashed out of LASUTH and went to the Federal Government-owned Lagos
University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). By the time they arrived at LUTH,
one of the babies had died. At LUTH, they were told to go buy some drugs
for the remaining two boys. The total cost of the drugs was put at
Having paid transport fare from their home, first to
LASUTH and then to LUTH, the total money left on the mother, a petty
trader, and her husband was N1,850.
In frustration, they left for
home hoping to raise money. By the time they got home some 30 minutes
after, another of the boys had died. Few hours after, the third also
The Minister of Health, Prof. C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu had
recently lamented lamented that at present, there is no mechanism for
emergency care in the country.
He noted that the National
Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which is voluntary, covers people in
the public service only. Plans to expand it to accommodate more people,
especially in the informal sector are still being worked out.
minister, at an interactive session with health writers in Lagos, also
disclosed that there were plans to make the present voluntary NHIS
mandatory for every Nigerian citizen so that through it, many poor
Nigerians can get health care.
``I am proud that the NHIS is working and we hope to make it mandatory, either by tax system or contribution,’’ he said.
to a question on how to address demands by hospitals that patients pay
before attending to emergencies, he said, “No hospital under my charge
insists on payment before attending to emergencies”, but for the private
hospitals, we encourage them."
He disclosed that a policy that
will address that is currently being formulated, but it will go through a
lot of process including the Presidential Summit on Universal Health
His words, “What I am proposing is that there has to be
some kind of mechanisms for emergencies, which government can
guarantee. That way, you and I can fall back on that because emergency
could affect anyone.
"You may be enjoying a meal and
accidentally, you have a bone stuck somewhere in your throat and your
life is in danger when you never thought it could happen. You can have
emergency at anytime and under emergency, no one prepares for it.”
said under these circumstances, the only way is to rely on insurance,
if the affected person is an insurance policy holder and secondly, we
are trying to develop a special fund that can be guaranteed by
He however appealed to Nigerians to take up some form of insurance.
people fail to take insurance, Chukwu said there will be a problem,
because someone must provide the funds for emergency care, otherwise
hospitals handling emergencies without payment will ultimately close
Culled from Nigerian Compass