A 17-year-old patient, Ganiyu Jinadu, who sustained severe burns from a gas explosion at a fuel station in Abeokuta has been ‘detained’ by management of Federal Medical Hospital, FMC, Abeokuta over the inability of his family to offset the sum of N150,000 in medical bills.
Mr Jinadu, who survived the fire that claimed the lives of five other victims at Adigbe area of the town about four months ago, was admitted in the hospital, where he received medical attention. Having spent all she has, the victim’s mother said the hospital management was magnanimous to continue the treatment despite her inability to continue to pay her son’s bills.
After being referred to another hospital on April 27 for another stage of skin grafting, the family was told the teenager owes an outstanding bill of N150,000 at the FMC. She said the management of the hospital refused to release her son for the further treatment, until the bill is paid.
The single mother called on Nigerians to assist her. Mrs. Jinadu, a petty trader who lives at number 4, Iyana Oluwo, Onikolobo, Abeokuta said the patient had earlier undergone two surgical operations which cost huge sums before he was recommended for skin grafting.