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Nigerian pregnant woman denied care because of $150  print

Published on December 1, 2012 by   ·   14 Comments

Ijeoma umumadumere, nee Ahamefule: abandoned by doctors over money

A pregnant Nigerian lady has died because doctors in Port Harcourt insisted the husband must pay N20,000, less than $150, before she was treated. And her family members are still in shock about her death, such that they are not even thinking of burying her for now.

The 34 year old woman, Ijeoma Umumadumere, nee Ahamefule, was rushed in the morning of 25 November to Garrison Clinic in Port Harcourt, when she complained of a sudden stomach pain and headache, while cooking. Her husband rushed her to the clinic on Udom street in the oil rich city. It was between 9-10 a.m. And she was five-months pregnant.

But doctors and nurses would not attend to the pregnant woman because the husband only had N5,000 on him, instead of the N20,000 being demanded, as a precondition for treatment. Even the N5,000 the man had on him had been used to offset registration and other costs.

Her brother, based in Austria could not understand why doctors in a Nigerian hospital could have so callously and uncaringly treated the woman, pregnant with her first child. As he put it:

“Her husband begged the doctor and the nurses to attend to her since they had collected about N5, 000 he had in his pocket in the name of registration and other little things while he would go home and bring money. He had also told them that because of the nature of the emergency and the way his wife had been shouting while on the ground that his mind had only been pre-occupied with the thoughts of rushing her to any nearby hospital and had not thought of money or any other thing as he had even forgotten to put on shoes, but all his pleading and explanations to the doctor and the nurses had fallen onto deaf ears. With her pains increasing and death knocking and the doctor and the nurses refusing to understand, there was no way he could have left her there unattended, to go home and bring money. He took her and headed to another hospital, but unfortunately my sister did not make it as the damage had already been done before the doctors in that second hospital could do something reasonable to save her life.”

“What a country, what a failure and what a loss! This is a sad story of the sorry state of the Nigerian health policy, how Nigerians are heartlessly and carelessly neglected because of money by doctors and nurses to die in hospitals, and how I lost my sister to a failed system,”wrote Uzoma Ahamefule, based in Austria.

Many hospitals in Nigeria, both private and public, are in the habit of asking for pre-payment from patients, even when the case is an emergency.

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14 Comments for “Nigerian pregnant woman denied care because of $150”

  1. ojadugbe

    Such is life and that is how it is in Nigeria,I am really sorry my dear brother,Please accept this condolence coming from my heart and may your wife gentle soul rest in perfect peace.RIP.

  2. MALLAM SHEHU

    THIS IS TRAGIC. MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE. PLEASE DO NOT BLAME THE DOCTORS FOR REFUSING TO TREAT HER IN THIS PRIVATE HOSPITAL. THEY CAN NOT STAY IN BUSINESS IF THEY START TO TREAT EVERY DICK, TOM AND HARRY FOR FREE. THE GUILTY PARTY HERE IS THE GOVERNMENT. PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO TO THESE PRIVATE HOSPITALS OR CLINICS IF OUR GOVERNMENT COULD PROVIDE ENOUGH WELL EQUIPPED PUBLIC HOSPITALS INSTEAD OF JUST STEALING THE MONEY. MAY ALLAH SAVE US IN THIS COUNTRY, POOR PEOPLE ARE REALLY SUFFERING O.

  3. S.A. Nojeemn

    The Husband you know that his wife’s spirit will never allow the doctors and nurses that left her unattended to before she died to rest till when they will meet themselves in heaven because of the money, meanwhile any billions someone have he/she will never take one kobo to heaven when death comes.

  4. joseph

    This is a failed govt in charge in the state, in some states in Nigeria, pregnant mother and their children (age 6 an below) are treated free of charge in all government hospital including operations, this is purely a failed state government. what is the Governor doing with all the revenue accruing to the state

    • I learnt the so called governor who can not qualify to be a security guard here just bought a private jet. Who will query the nurses and the doctors now over this incident. And this is just one out of thousands. They should go and mob those so called doctors and nurses.

  5. otunba sege

    with all the BILLIONS naija cant fix its health sector ????? what a shame what a failed country ? why should this happen ????????

  6. My sincere condolences to the families of late Ijeoma. I am truely in short of words. He who feels it knows how painful it could be to loose a dear one, especially a pregnant wife and a sister. All judgement is God`s. RIP

  7. Just few days ago, the court threw out conviction against Babangida for stealing $12.8billion. Dimeji Bankole stole $1billion , OBJ stole $18billion,GEJ stealing from oil subsidy,etc…Now a poor citizen died just becos of $150 only. Only in Nigeria where the thieves are celebrated and law abiding citizens pay the ultimate price.

  8. austin

    just only a day ago,nigeria was rated as d worse place to give birth to a child.im surprised that our so called newspapers refused to publish d information. are they so unexposed not to have heard known? if they can educate d public with d information they publish daily,then whats d point of having them as news papers?

  9. og brown

    it is a sad news thats how it is in every public and private hospitals without a prepayment a patient wont be attend to please is it hw is been don in most western world but still we want to live up to their standard and we are nt ready to pay d prize .d cbn governor lamido sanusi said to stabilize d economy some labour workers will be sack wen will there b a revolution in nigeria. Thank you

  10. Olorun Esan

    Let GEJ carry the dead body to Germany for treatment. God punish our leaders. It shall not be well with them for puting Nigerians in this situation. As a visitor to the UK, no hospital will reject you even if you do not have money. As at today, Nigeria has more resources than UK but because of corruption we are at the bottom of Human Development. The revolution will come sooner than anticipated.

  11. Judgement is for sure

    If i may ask, is money greater than life? By the way, is Nigeria too poor to operate a free health care? In the UK, there is free health care for all and free education from nursery school, through primary school to secondary school, yet we claim to have natural resources more than them. Rather than doing the right thing, our dear country leaders are busy diverting the funds and the masses are dormantly looking cos we never know our right from left! Hold on, I think our president said that he tasted poverty while growing up? Is there anything stopping him from implementing free education, free health care for all? We dont have the money is what Ruben Abati will tell us yet billions of dollars are been siphoned every minute. The blood of the innocents will surely cry out but we masses need to wake up to our rights

  12. Ahamefule Chukwuka

    Nigerian doctor killed my big sister cos of money. What a country, no wonder ppl always traveld out of d country (Nigeria) for medical check up

  13. CSO

    First and foremost, one can only pray God to repose her sould and grant the family the strenght to bear the loss. Let me use this medium to educate Nigerians who misplace their priorities. The story above is misleading in that, the paper does not reveal whether it was a private or public hospital. All over Nigeria, public hospitals have A&E units where people are treated without asking even for registration because it is an emergency issue. Unfortunately, most Nigerians abandon public utilities where they can get specialist attention for less qualified and ill equipped private clinics where they claim experts in every medical field. There have been cases of people whose health have deteriorated in the hands of non-qualified doctors and nurses, only to be rushed to the same public hospital not recognised before (cases like this abound in LUTH, UCH, Ayinke house and co). If the hospital rushed her to was private, I am sorry to say they will not treat unless cash is paid, forget sentiments. If it was in a public hospital, that would be illegal in Nigeria and the doctors and nurses who refused her can go to jail if tried. Unfortunately again, Nigerian doctors and nurses have grown so lawless that if you put anyone of them on trial for this type of offence, all of them will go on solidarity strike. Sadly PM News and some stupid human right lawyers will support the illegal strike, like they do when ASUU embark on its illegal strikes. For Nigeria to get out of these problesm, we must get our bearing rights and stop unecessary bigmanism of patronising private concerns just for the sake of status. I am over 40years and have never attended private hospitals in my life not even when I worked with a company that use private hospitals. It’s because, I know they claim expertise in everything and place money above life. Today in Nigeria, some will take their wards to private Nursery and primary schools with high fees, yet you find secondary school leavers, poorly paid as teachers in these schools as opposed to public schools where u have by law at least a NCE graduate as a teacher. Finally, Nigeria press is part of the problem, until they stop supporting lawless unions like doctors, nurses, ASUU when they emabark on illegal strikes, we will continue to have problems with this type of cases. Once again, I pray she rest in peace…

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