OmoBarca Settles N323000 Hospital Bill for New Mother Detained

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OmoBarca Settles N323000 Hospita Bill for New Mother Detained A Peoples Democratic Party Flag Bearer for the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal Constituency in the 2023 General Elections, Francis Chima, also known as OmoBarca, settled the medical bill of Elizabeth Davis following a TURO247NEWZ report. The report revealed that Ajeromi General Hospital, Lagos State, held Davis due to her failure to pay the N323,000 bill.

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OmoBarca Settles N323000 Hospital Bill for New Mother Detained. TURO247NEWZ reported on Wednesday that Davis lost her premature baby after days of intensive care inside an incubator. However, she could not leave the hospital because of the outstanding bill.

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Earlier in February, the state government directed all general hospitals and primary health centers to provide free antenatal care and child delivery services, including normal and cesarean sections, to expectant mothers who were residents of the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu explained that the initiative aimed to cushion the hardship faced by residents due to the Federal Government’s fuel subsidy removal during a media interview in February 2024. “There is an arrangement for free delivery, including cesarean sections, at government hospitals,” he said, adding that his administration “will also give a rebate on some particular drugs at our state government hospitals.”

Meanwhile, when TURO247NEWZ visited the hospital at Orege Community in the Ajeromi area on Wednesday morning, the Medical Director, Dr. Yetunde Sotunde, said Davis did not qualify for the state government’s free child delivery services.

Sotunde explained that the governor’s directive came with a caveat, stressing that only expectant mothers who possess the Lagos State Hospital Management Agency Policy Number could enjoy the free child delivery services.

The scheme aims to replace existing private health maintenance organization plans with a comprehensive health insurance scheme. This scheme provides access to a wide range of private and public hospitals across all local governments.

Sotunde, however, stated that the policy only allowed patients with the LASHMA policy number to benefit from the palliative measure.

She noted that the hospital admitted Davis in an emergency situation, causing her to deliver the baby in the emergency room rather than the normal labor room.

OmoBarca Settles N323000 Hospital Bill for New Mother Detained

Sotunde said, “Ms. Davis did not even deliver the child in the labor room. She expelled the child right into the emergency room. Part of the N50,000 the husband paid was a donation from our medical staff. It is disappointing that the same person would go on social media to spread untrue stories.”

“It is true that free child delivery services are currently ongoing in the hospital. But this palliative only covers patients who have a LASHMA policy number. Many of our patients have enjoyed the free care.

However, Davis is not enrolled. If she had registered just a few hours before her delivery, she would not have been bothered with payment. But she didn’t. And registration for LASHMA is free. It is available right here on these premises,” the medical director added.

When contacted on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, explained, “The hospitals are meant to register the palliative care seekers on Ilera Eko so we can process their claims when the bills are sent. We have trained their staff to do this. We also have officers who they call upon to help with registration.

This was agreed upon as the process for implementation by all when we started in August.”

“The actual narrative is that the palliative care seekers are registered but not mandated to pay for the scheme at the point of care. The claims are sent to LASHMA for processing and payment, while at the end of the month, those identified as vulnerable among them get enrolled in the EKOSHA equity fund and can continue to seek care for other medical issues over the course of one year.”

However, after reading about Davis’ predicament in the Wednesday edition of TURO247NEWZ, Chima and his personal assistant, Maduabum Francis, approached the hospital management to clear the N323,000 medical bill owed by Davis.

Speaking through Francis, Chima said, “He (Chima) received a phone call from his business partners in Kano, who informed him about the family. And then he told me that we were going to sort out the bill.”

“So, we went to the hospital, and when we got there, we met the MD of the hospital and told her what we came for. We made the full payment and handed over the receipt to the husband of the lady. We also helped other patients at the hospital.”

Davis’ husband, Michael Bassey, and the MD of the hospital confirmed the payment to TURO247NEWZ in separate interviews.

 

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