A woman who was delivered of a set of triplets is being detained by a government hospital in Benue State over bills of N77,000.
According to a social commentator in the state, Ukan Kurugh, the family of Dennis Agongo and his wife have been crying for assistance following the incident as the hospital have been keeping them under lock and keys against their wishes in the two weeks because they could not offset the bills.
Kurugh who posted the sad story on his Facebook wall and also made a video of the poor woman and her triplets begged on well meaning Nigerians and the state government to come to the aid of the poor family in offsetting the bills so they can take their children home.
"I have received calls about a set of triplets that were delivered through cesarean section by a mother at the General Hospital, North-Bank, Makurdi, two weeks ago and who are still in the hospital due to the family's inability to pay medical bills and be discharged.
I have also been informed that the lack of funds has denied them the ability to buy artificial milk to feed the threesome, hence the mother is not even feeding fine. They are in dire need of aid.
God has blessed Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Anongo with triplets but this seems to have rather boxed them into a tight corner.
They need N77,600 to vacate the hospital and they can't afford that. Please watch and assist these humble people."
Kurugh also made this passionate appeal to kind-hearted Nigerians:
"Successful delivery of children calls for celebration among parents, but the story of Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Anongo comes with mixed feelings as his wife, Mrs. Kwaghaondo, was delivered of triplets (2 boys and 1 girl) at the General Hospital, North-Bank, Makurdi.
Amidst this joy, they have been unable to foot the hospital bill of Seventy Seven Thousand, Six Hundred Naira (N77,600), a reason for which the hospital has refused to discharge them.
While I was at the hospital this afternoon, one of the nurses, Sewuese, who called my attention to the issue, told me in confidence that since birth, the children have not added any weight hence they were malnourished due to the mother's poor feeding, which in turn has also affected them.
It is incontestable that, at this time, enhanced feeding is deserved for a mother who has just put to bed and the nature of her feeding has overriding effects on the newborn.
The father of the children, Mr. Dennis Anongo, is a peasant farmer who is resident at Atsom Village in Gwande District of Makurdi Local Government Area, a place located before Daudu, on the Makurdi-Lafia road.
The mother is only a housewife who accompanies her husband to the farm.
The children were delivered through a Cesarean section which was done on the 10th of May, 2017, which means that they have stayed at the hospital for more than 2 weeks now.
Feeding is equally a challenge as all they get to eat are local foods like pounded yam, akpu or other forms of carbohydrate foods brought to them by their friends and visitors.
This has equally affected the newborn babies who have not added in size since over the 2 weeks of their birth.
I sincerely wish to use this medium to reach out to the government, humanitarian organizations, public-spirited individuals and all members of the public to add value to the lives of these new children who are, for now, being starved and suffering.
It's indeed an uncommon thing of joy that the children have come, but this challenge has countered the smooth happiness the family would have celebrated.
The father, Mr. Dennis Anongo, can be reached on mobile: 09096571784.
His account details which were made available to me include:
Account Name: Dennis Anongo
Account No: 0244404010
Account Type: Savings
Bank: Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB)"
Watch the video here: