Nigerian Hospital Refuses To Admit Patient Over Deposit Fee

LUTH refused to admit my dad because the doctors thought we could not afford N350,000- Taiwo Sunmola

According to a news that was published by The Punch Newspaper online , it was reported that a machinist, Taiwo Sunmola, during an interview with The Punch, narrates how he lost his 71-year-old father, three weeks after the death of his elder sister and how alleged negligence on the part of some government hospitals in Lagos State worsened his father’s health condition.

When he was talking, he said,

In his own words, Taiwo Sunmola, a 35-year-old originally from Odogbolu in Ogun State but currently residing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where he works, stated, "I am Taiwo Sunmola, and I visited my father, Mudashiru Sunmola, on Thursday, August 24, when I arrived in Lagos State. I noticed he was experiencing sleeplessness and appeared preoccupied throughout the day. Concerned for his well-being, I took him to a pharmacy with a laboratory section for a thorough examination. After the assessment, a pharmacist recommended medications to help improve his condition."

He said his late dad responded to treatment until Monday (August 28th), when the situation suddenly changed and they took him to a hospital.

He said, "The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) refused to admit my dad because the doctors thought we couldn't afford N350,000 for their special reservations as there was no space again."

Taiwo Sunmola further disclosed that they faced similar refusals for admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba (the fifth government hospital they visited). Tragically, his father's health deteriorated around 1 pm that Monday, leading to his passing due to the unavailability of a hospital bed.

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