By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Mrs Blessing Megbune and her new born twin babies have spent over four months at the Capitol Hill Clinic in Warri, Delta state, following her family’s inability to pay the sum of N3million medical bill incurred during delivery of her babies and their incubation.
Mr. Luke Megbune, the 31-year-old father of the babies, who made the disclosure in Asaba last weekend, also told newsmen that the hospital had threatened to take the babies to orphanage, if he failed to raise funds to bail them from the hospital soon.
“I can’t watch them take my children to the orphanage, when I am still alive; those children have great destinies”, Megbune, who hails from Ubulu-uku in Aniocha South local government area of the state cried out.
According to him, the babies were delivered prematurely on April 5, 2019, at the General Hospital, Agbarho, in Ughelli North local government area of the state but later transferred to the Central Hospital, Warri, due to lack of necessary facilities for their incubation.
“On arrival at the Central Hospital, Warri, they said they didn’t have enough equipment and referred us to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, but we were told that going to Oghara would be dangerous, because, the babies might die before we got there. So, a good Samaritan came to us and said he knew where to take us to and that is how we found ourselves in the Capitol Hill Clinic, Warri”, he said.
The embattled father said that the hospital’s management commenced treatment without delay on arrival and ensured that the babies survived and received best treatment. However, things took dramatic twist few weeks later when he was issued a bill of N3million, which he had no means to pay.
Megbune further disclosed that since he received the bill, all his efforts to pay the accumulating medical bills at the hospital failed and that the fate of his family presently lies in financial assistant from corporate bodies and spirited individuals.
But the managing director of the clinic, Dr. Matthew Ogbu, in a swift reaction, denied the claim that Mrs Megbune and her twin babies were detained at the hospital and that the hospital management threatened to send the infants to orphanage.
According to him, Megbune’s wife comes from her home to breast feed her babies, who are still kept at the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“Megbune is a craft man and a man, who is not honest. We told him it would cost him money and he promised to pay, but has not. Members of his church brought N600,000 out of the money, but he keeps telling people different stories of someone that is wicked. Megbune knows what to do to take his family home because, we have treated the babies,” Dr. Ogbu said.
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba