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Nursing mother detained in Lagos hospital over N95,000 debt



For owing N95,000 hospital bill, a nursing mother, Blessing Bassey and her baby have been sleeping on the floor of one of the wards of Mojol Hospital, Church Street, in the Shasha area of Lagos State, for seven months.

Punch gathered that the hospital management ordered nurses and doctors to ensure that Blessing and her daughter did not leave the hospital premises.

Punch correspondent, during a visit to the hospital, observed the 27-year-old and her child sleeping on the floor.

Blessing, who bemoaned her fate, said efforts by her husband to raise the money had been abortive.



The Cross River State indigene explained that her husband, a mechanic, tried to do menial jobs to raise the funds, but failed.

While recalling how she got to the hospital, Blessing said she was unconscious on March 6, 2020, when she was rushed to a medical facility where she was initially  registered.

The Administrative Officer of the hospital, Salami Akindayo, told Punch that similar patients released with the hope of getting paid by instalments defaulted.

A rights activist, Esther Ogwu, who condemned the action of the hospital, stated that money was being contributed for Blessing’s release. Punch

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