Two non-governmental organizations, the Center for Research and Documentation of Women Defenders and the Center for Reproductive Rights, questioned the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, about the alleged arrest of two patients by the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesha , Osun State, about his inability to pay his medical bills after treatment.
WARDA Executive Director Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi alleged in a letter dated May 25, 2020 and addressed the Chief Medical Director of the hospital that two patients, Funmilayo Taiwo and Taiwo Olowokere, been illegally detained by the hospital.
The organizations explained that Funmilayo had been transferred to the front door of the hospital because she could not pay a bill of 55,000 N for her treatment of complications from childbirth since April 4, 2020, while Olowokere had been detained since March. for more than 170,000 account.
They demanded the immediate release of the patients and the bill settlement plan within the means of the two women.
The petition read in part: "Due to Miss Taiwo and Miss Olowokere's economic and social circumstances, it is obvious that they will not be able to pay the amounts billed immediately.
" We are calling for the immediate release of Miss Funmilayo Taiwo and Miss Taiwo Olowokere and other people illegally detained on their premises and requesting a payment plan within their means.
You must renounce the practice of detention after childbirth access to maternity services for women and immediately release all women detained in your custody so that such detention is illegal and a violation flagrant of their right to liberty women.
"Please note that if the administration of the Wesley Guild Hospital does not take appropriate action within three working days of receiving this petition, we will have no choice but to to approach the court to uphold the rights of our clients and other women detained in the same circumstances.
"When contacted, the hospital's public relations officer, Kemi Fasooto, said the medical director was not aware of the cases mentioned in the petition. She said: "The CMD was not aware of the request you mentioned. It has no knowledge of the cases. I have just informed you. We will analyze the cases this week.
“Whenever the CMD obtains information like this, it discharges these patients, especially the needy patients. Sometimes, after paying part of the bills, if patients cannot pay the rest, the CMD downloads them. "
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