THE father of a set of quadruplets, Mr. Nonso Anyaegbu, says it is not true that the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Meta, Lagos, detained his wife and the babies due to inability to pay medical bills.
Anyaegbu made the clarification on Friday following reports in an online media that the hospital had refused to discharge his wife and the newborn four children as a result of indebtedness.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs. Maureen Anyaegbu, gave birth to a set of quadruplets, through a Cesarian Section (CS) on Aug.7 at the hospital.
Anyaegbu told NAN Correspondent, who visited the hospital on a fact-finding mission on Friday, that he was disappointed about what he described as “false news in respect of his family and the hospital”.
He said:” I am very disappointed with the news making the round on the social media.
“I want to categorically state that I am not indebted or owing to the hospital any money.
“My wife and the babies are being kept in the hospital because they are being observed clinically; our movement has not been restricted in any way.
“On our part, we have paid the hospital bills. So, I really don’t know where this news is coming from that my wife and the babies are being kept because we can’t pay for the bills.
“Some people approached me that things like this usually attract corporate support in terms of providing diapers, clothing for the children for a period of time, which I welcome as a good gesture. But, I never disclosed to anybody that I can’t take care of the medical bills.”
Anyaegbu, however, commended the hospital for giving his wife and the quadruplets all the medical attention they needed.
“This hospital has changed my perspective about the owned healthcare facilities; the doctor and nurse have been up and doing in their duties. The babies and the mother are being handled with all professionalism and care.
“I am grateful to God for these wonders, and the management of FMC, Ebute Meta for their efforts and services so far.
“We were expecting three babies according to the scan results my wife did, but it turned out to be four,” Anyaegbu said.
Commenting, Dr. Job Adebayo, a Gynaecologist, and Obstetrician, who operated on the mother alongside others, told NAN that Anyaegbu was admitted on July 27 to monitor her situation.
“Because her pregnancy was a high-risk case and also multiple gestations, the team did everything possible to ensure a successful outcome.
“We have removed three babies already, only for us to discover that a baby was still inside which was finally removed.
“The babies are still in the pediatric unit and under watch for thorough monitoring, while their mother is also recuperating well.
“So, I don’t know where the online publication got its own story to tarnish the image of the hospital,” he said.
Also, Mrs. Adeniga Thomas, Matron in charge of Maternity Ward at the hospital, said the babies -three girls and a boy- are doing fine.
Thomas said the babies, being the first set of quadruplets to be delivered in the hospital, weighed 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, and 1.96 at birth.
She urged the media to always confirm their reports before publishing.
“We were expecting three babies, but turn out to be four; we have been providing the necessary care needed right from the pregnancy.
“Fake news such as this is demoralising, and I hope our media will always confirm their stories before publication,” Thomas said.
In his remarks, Mr. Olorunfemi Ayoola, the Assistant Director and Head of Corporate Services of the hospital, told NAN that the main goal of Dr. Adedamola Dada-led management of the hospital “is to provide quality healthcare services to patients”.
Ayoola said the hospital and its staff would not be deterred with such fake news in the discharge of their duties.
“The priority of the Medical Director of this hospital is to ensure that every patient who visits the hospital gets adequate care and quality service, irrespective of his or her status.
“Fake news such as this will not stop us from caring for our patients, but people should always get their facts right,” he said. (NAN)
– Aug. 14, 2020 @ 15.12 GMT |