It was all joy at the Ilogbo central hospital when the Anglican Dioceses of Lagos West headed by Rev. James Olusola Odedeji came to the rescue of six mothers who have been held in the hospital due to their inability to pay their medical bills.“The women whose names were given as Tochukwu Faith, James Joy, Ikechukwu Ukwuda, Ndubuisi Ogechi, Ikpeme Magaret and Olaposi Faith were victims of traditional birth attendants.
But upon complications during delivery, were rushed to the hospital where they went through caesarean operation, but has since been held in the hospital for about two months.“According to the Bishop of the dioceses of Lagos West Anglican Communion, the case was brought to his notice and as part of the responsibility of the church to keep putting smiles on the faces of all, they decided to come to the aid of the women.
He said, “on June 5, my attention was called by the Primate of the church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Dr. Nicolas Okoh, on a National daily, there is a story about some of our women in this vicinity having difficulties in releasing themselves having delivered babies for weeks. I personally felt challenged because one of my mission in the dioceses of Lagos West is what I call pragmatic evangelism.
The meaning of pragmatic evangelism is the idea of touching lives, community involvement, social responsibility, idea of putting smiles on peoples faces. And in doing this, we need to be very practical as possible. We came here for investigation, and l decided to come pay their bills.“” we cannot blame the hospital for keeping the women and insisting they pay before they are discharged.
The cost of maintenance is high, they have done their best by saving lives. You have done your best to have retained them in your vicinity. You have been so magnanimous to have attended to them in the first place. Nothing is free even in free“town. We have therefore come as a church to savage the situation. These“women have delivered through operation but their husbands have“absconded because they do not have the means to pay.
We are therefore“here to pay up the balance of N507, 000 in cheque, so that they can go“home with their children.“The reverend also called on all to be their brothers keeper and lend a“helping hand to people around them. He also advised Nigerians to give“birth to the much they can cater for as the economic situation in the“country calls for such.
“The assistant Medical Director, Dr. Eluwah Chukwuduma, who“represented the Chief Medical Director, was grateful to the dioceses“for intervening. He has this to say, “Ilogbo central hospital is a“community hospital, and like every other hospital, we are concerned“with saving lives and in the process of doing this, we came in contact“with these women who are victims of traditional birth attendants.
They“were operated upon with paying a kobo. We thank God that today; they“are all carrying a bundle of joy. We are very grateful to the church.“Some of the women also tell their stories. Tochukwu faith says, ” I“really thank God for using Reverend to clean my tears, l am even more“happy to be alive because during delivery, l had serious complications“and even after the finance was not there to pay for the hospital“bills.
“Mrs Olaposi faith also spoke, l thank the church for coming to my aid.“I least expected this from anyone. But thank God who is ever faithful.“It was my mother in-law who took me to the traditional birth“attendant, but was rushed here due to complications. I have been here“for two months now but God has finally cleaned my tears I am very“happy. May God bless them all.“Magaret lkpeme who has also been in the hospital for seven weeks“expressed gratitude to God.