By Kayode Matthew
Father of a set of triplets who were delivered prematurely at a Lagos hospital, Mr Kehinde Onilude, has made a passionate appeal to public spirited Nigerians to come to the aid of the family and save the children from being thrown out of the hospital due to their inability to meet the hospital bills of maintaining the triplets in the incubators.
In his appeal for financial assistance, Mr Onilude said the cost of keeping the triplets in the incubators at the hospital is about N131,000.00 per day which is beyond him. He explained that the triplets, a boy and two girls, were born between 12.10a.m. and 12.30a.m.last Wednesday at New Life Hospital, Orelope, Egbeda before their expected date of delivery in May and since there was no incubator at the hospital, they were referred to the General Hospital in Ikeja but all the incubators there were occupied.
According to him, â€œfrom Ayinke house , we were referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, but when we got there it was the same story as they said there was no vacant incubator.
From LUTH we were directed to Life Line Hospital on Ogunlana Drive, Surulere but we could not afford the N600,000.00 deposit they demanded for the first two weeks and were directed again to another hospital in Surulere, Good Tidings Hospital where we were given a bill of N131,000.00 per day for the triplets.
â€œI just got a job in January in an insurance company where I earn less than N30,000.00 per month and my wife is a teacher in a private school in Ejigbo.
I have been running here and there to raise some money but I have a reached a dead end and the hospital authorities are threatening to throw us out. I can not run away and abandon my wife and the innocent children.
I am therefore appealing to Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, corporate bodies and other public spirited individuals to assist us as I donâ€™t want to lose the childrenâ€.