Doctor Arrested For Detaining Babies, Mothers Over Non-Payment Of Hospital Bills

Date: 06-12-2013 3:04 pm (7 years ago) | Author: Victor A. Ofoma
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 A hospital where nursing mothers and their babies were illegally detained in dehumanising conditions for several months over non-payment of hospital bills has been uncovered in Lagos.

The hospital was uncovered by officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, in collaboration with the Office of the Public Defender, after a tip off.

The three-storey medical centre, Afolabi Hospital, is located at 78, Oworo Road, Oworonsoki in Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos, western Nigeria.


Seven nursing mothers and their babies were rescued from the hospital when it was raided by the officials on Monday.

Its owner, Dr. Olajide Afolabi was arrested by the Task Force and later released on bail after writing a statement.

P.M.NEWS gathered that the victims were detained until their  families were able to pay their debts.
The nursing mothers and their babies, it was learnt, were detained for as long as seven months or more in a dehumanising condition at the hospital.

It was also gathered that pregnant women were usually delivered at the hospital through caesarian operation for a minimum of N150, 000 or more depending on their cases.

The mothers were kept in a dingy room and made to sleep on bare floor while their babies were laid on spring beds without mattresses.

Among the victims is a woman (names withheld) who gave birth to one of her twins in the bus while on the way to the hospital. The second baby was delivered at the hospital.

It was gathered that the one delivered at the hospital died immediately while the one delivered inside the bus survived and yet she was detained for not paying her delivery charges.

Investigations revealed further that families of those detained were allowed to bring food to them from time to time.


According to Mrs. Alaba Fadairo, Director, Child’s Development, WAPA, “we got an information that a hospital was keeping new born babies and their parents for failing to meet up with the bills they incurred after delivery.

“When we got wind of the ugly development, we swung into action and in the course of our investigation, we found out that it was true that they were incarcerated for not paying their bills.

“After giving birth, both parents and their children were not allowed to see what life outside the hospital looks like. This is barbaric. The area that is of utmost concern to us is the new babies being put on spring beds without mattresses.

“Before we embarked on our fact find mission, we got a video which showed the babies on spring beds without mattresses but mere wrappers. This is against the fundamental human rights of the children. We realised that some of the people have even paid part of their debts, yet they were being held for as long as six, seven months.

“Infact, when we got to the hospital, the doctor was very violent. He made calls and we were besieged by hoodlums who surrounded us. We escaped after a reinforcement came from the task force,” she said.

According to Mrs. Rotimi Omotola, Director, Office of the Public Defender, ”we learnt there are still more children in the hospital. Their mothers were incarcerated within a particular area in the hospital without adequate medical attention.

“We have rescued them and they are in protective custody. You can’t dehumanise people to such an extent just because they are owing you. It is a violation of their fundamental human rights.

“This is happening because people don’t know their rights or where to go when such happened. Again, people don’t want to be their brothers keeper anymore, else this kind of development ought to have been reported earlier.

“Criminal charges will be filed against the owner of the hospital if he is found guilty in the course of our investigation. All his certificates too will be verified if truly he’s a qualified medical doctor,” she said.

Speaking with P.M NEWS at the premises of the task force, Dr. Afolabi said most of the patients were not his original patients but rushed to his hospital from other clinics, adding that the longest period of time his debtor patients spent in his hospital is four months.

He said they were being held in the hospital because they refused to pay their respective charges in due time as agreed, saying he is not running a charity organisation.

“I’m a qualified medical doctor and I have my certificates. None of the babies were made to sleep on bare spring beds. There were mattresses on them. If you see the babies and their mothers, they were very healthy. I even treated them when they were sick.

“They were many owing different amounts of money, ranging from N70,000 upward. There was a particular one that was rushed to my hospital from another clinic. When they came, I told them she will be operated and they agreed. I billed them N150,000 and the husband signed.

“Three weeks after, they couldn’t pay and I offered them one of the vacant rooms in the hospital pending when they will pay my money. I even asked them to come and make an agreement on how they will pay their debt, even if it will be N5,000 per month.

“When the church members came to my hospital, offering to pay the money, I even offered them discount on the debt. But I was surprised when officials of WAPA invaded my hospital claiming that I am running a detention camp,” he said.

Posted: at 6-12-2013 03:04 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- ajanni at 6-12-2013 03:23 PM (7 years ago)
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too bad
although , in as much as i don,t support the attitude of that hospital management , those delivering in the private hospital should know they have to pay.where are the so called well to do in our society , where are the so called self acclaimed men and women of GOD?
the lagos state govt should foot their bills
Posted: at 6-12-2013 03:23 PM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- angesco at 6-12-2013 05:11 PM (7 years ago)
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I agree this should have been reported earlier. I suppose there were nurses working there,  who if they had wanted to, should have informed the relevant authorities.

Its amazing whst goes on undet ones nose. I also agree with Mrs Omotola such things happen beause people do not know their rights.

We have a long way to go especially when a doctor who has sworn an oath to care for those who seek medical treatment  rescinds on his pledge!
Posted: at 6-12-2013 05:11 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dareper at 6-12-2013 05:15 PM (7 years ago)
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 Hmmm, This case pass me oo
Posted: at 6-12-2013 05:15 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- steveoneal at 6-12-2013 05:44 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on  6-12-2013 03:23 PM
too bad
although , in as much as i don,t support the attitude of that hospital management , those delivering in the private hospital should know they have to pay.where are the so called well to do in our society , where are the so called self acclaimed men and women of GOD?
the lagos state govt should foot their bills
ajanni you are very right about this,, or at least they should visit a government hospital,, the man has got to pay his staffs as well, so what the heck?? if you want to patronize a private hospital,, be ready to food the bill, there are many private hospital  doctors who wouldnt attend to them at all , not untill after coughing the said amount out,, i had the experience before when i rushed an unknown boy who was injured to a private clinic, they told me straightaway  to pay  a certain huge amount if i want the boy to be treated even as he was bleeding profusely,, which i did,,, despite explaining to them that i dont know the boy from anywhere,.,,, ,, though detaining them might appear to be too harsh,, but once they leave the hospital they are not going to pay him back,,, thats it
Posted: at 6-12-2013 05:44 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dickman2 at 6-12-2013 05:46 PM (7 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 6-12-2013 05:46 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- faka4u at 6-12-2013 05:55 PM (7 years ago)
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Shey they dont know the way to the general hospital? If you went to a private hospital am sure you shouldn't hold 100 naira!!!! ITts not the doc fault as for me,,,, he has to pay his staffs and also buy things in the hospital,
Posted: at 6-12-2013 05:55 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ajanni at 6-12-2013 06:06 PM (7 years ago)
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you,re rught ooooo
Posted: at 6-12-2013 06:06 PM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- mary11 at 6-12-2013 07:06 PM (7 years ago)
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It's a private hospital and their services re not free,d husband of those women shud look 4 money and pay up
Abi na only fcuk dey sabi fcuk?

Posted: at 6-12-2013 07:06 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- ela214 at 6-12-2013 07:09 PM (7 years ago)
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why Arrest the doctor----the Hospital na him own,no bi charity-------abi the women no get husband------it takes 9months to deliver a baby--so u have enough time to prepare
abeg release the man joor---------where una go Arrest People nobody go see una.
Posted: at 6-12-2013 07:09 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- osamabinladin at 6-12-2013 07:42 PM (7 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
Posted: at 6-12-2013 07:42 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- paulohking at 6-12-2013 08:27 PM (7 years ago)
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good
Posted: at 6-12-2013 08:27 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- ozavize at 6-12-2013 08:36 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: faka4u on  6-12-2013 05:55 PM
Shey they dont know the way to the general hospital? If you went to a private hospital am sure you shouldn't hold 100 naira!!!! ITts not the doc fault as for me,,,, he has to pay his staffs and also buy things in the hospital,
Posted: at 6-12-2013 08:36 PM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- amyportion at 6-12-2013 09:46 PM (7 years ago)
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excuse? pls do not allow sin to ruin u in
eternity.REPENT AND BELIEVE THE
GOSPEL NOW.
John 3:16-21
King James Version (KJV)
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gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the
world to condemn the world; but that
the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he
hath
not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil
hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to
the light, that his deeds may be made
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Posted: at 6-12-2013 09:46 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ajanni at 6-12-2013 10:30 PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 6-12-2013 10:30 PM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- zoe61 at 6-12-2013 10:31 PM (7 years ago)
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too bad
Posted: at 6-12-2013 10:31 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- toibeli at 6-12-2013 10:38 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on  6-12-2013 03:23 PM
too bad
although , in as much as i don,t support the attitude of that hospital management , those delivering in the private hospital should know they have to pay.where are the so called well to do in our society , where are the so called self acclaimed men and women of GOD?
the lagos state govt should foot their bills
This is one time that I actually agree with Ajanni. Wait a minute, I need to check my forehead to see if I am running a fever Grin
Posted: at 6-12-2013 10:38 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- lanudja at 6-12-2013 10:54 PM (7 years ago)
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If we av compitent govt hopital whr health care is supose 2 be cheap/free, things like dis wil nt happen. Na our useless govt i blame joo. Dis country has money yet we live like we re d poorest country in d world.
Posted: at 6-12-2013 10:54 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- ajanni at 6-12-2013 11:00 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: toibeli on  6-12-2013 10:38 PM
This is one time that I actually agree with Ajanni. Wait a minute, I need to check my forehead to see if I am running a fever Grin
Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
Posted: at 6-12-2013 11:00 PM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- 2bify at 6-12-2013 11:18 PM (7 years ago)
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THANK U FOR ARRESTING HIM, WHAT ABOUT DIMEJI BANKOLE, LAWAN, E.T.C, THOSE ONES THAT MADE US POOR, I MEAN THE PEOPLE LOOTING NIGERIANS, ONLY IF U CAN ARREST THEM AND STOP LOOTING OUR MONEY, CREAT JOB FOR THE JOBLESS, THEN PEOPLE COULD PAY THEIR HOSPITAL BILLS, MIND U, THOSE ONE NEVER WENT TO GERMANY LIKE OUR PRSIDENT AND HIS WIFE, CRAZE KILL UNA THERE, NIGERIAN POLITICIANS
Posted: at 6-12-2013 11:18 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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