Ex-Nigerian Minister Abandoned at Hospital Over Unpaid N80,000 Deposit

Former Nigerian Minister Solomon Dalung was abandoned at a hospital in Plateau State for over four hours due to non-payment of an N80,000 admission deposit. He eventually paid the deposit and received medical attention, but fell into unconsciousness again for seven hours.

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Ex-Nigerian Minister Abandoned at Hospital Over Unpaid N80,000 Deposit

Ex-Nigerian Minister Abandoned at Hospital Over Unpaid N80,000 Deposit

Former Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has shared a harrowing experience at a hospital in Plateau State, where he was abandoned for over four hours due to non-payment of an N80,000 admission deposit. Dalung fell ill on Wednesday and went to the unnamed hospital for treatment, but despite holding his medical records there, the hospital refused to attend to him until the deposit was paid.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the systemic failures in Nigeria's healthcare system, where even former government officials are not exempt from the challenges of accessing medical care due to financial constraints. It also underscores the need for urgent reforms to ensure that medical attention is not denied to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Dalung eventually regained partial consciousness and made the transfer of the deposit, after which he was admitted into the ward and received medical attention. However, he fell into unconsciousness again for about seven hours. "Were it not for partial consciousness to pay the deposits, I would have been Mr. late. Many Nigerians have gone this way. Where is our humanity?" Dalung lamented.

The former minister expressed disbelief at his treatment, given his history with the hospital. "This is the hospital that has my medical records. The last medical checkup I did about two months ago was there, but suddenly, I became a stranger because of non-payments of deposits even with the so-called name," he said. Dalung was eventually discharged after three days and is currently recovering.

Dalung's experience highlights the challenges faced by many Nigerians in accessing medical care due to financial constraints. His story serves as a stark reminder of the need for humanity and compassion in the healthcare system. The former minister was abandoned for over four hours at the hospital in Plateau State before he could pay the N80,000 admission deposit, despite being a regular client there and having his medical records on file.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Nigerian Minister Solomon Dalung was abandoned at a hospital for 4 hours due to non-payment of N80,000 admission deposit.
  • Dalung fell ill, but hospital refused treatment despite having his medical records on file.
  • He regained partial consciousness, paid the deposit, and received medical attention.
  • Dalung lamented the lack of humanity in the healthcare system, citing his near-death experience.
  • The incident highlights the need for urgent reforms to ensure access to medical care regardless of ability to pay.