According to the families of survivors, despite being told that treatment will be done and for free too , now the hospital is requesting for money to treat the victims if no payment received, the victims will not be treated.
One of the protesters said the government should be sensitive to the plight of parents who are battling to save their last surviving child from the disaster
Families of survivors of the building that collapsed in Lagos Island have stormed a hospital premises in the state that was reportedly demanding for nothing less than N150,000 before commencing comprehensive treatment of the survivors.
Premium Times reports the aggrieved families complained that despite being told that treatment will be done and for free too, the Lagos Island General hospital is requesting for money to treat the victims.
One of the protesters, a woman in her late forties who spoke in Yoruba; “she said the government should be sensitive to the plight of parents who are battling to save their last surviving child from the disaster”.
She said: “Please help these little children in this ward, have mercy on them and their mothers. A woman who had five children as at yesterday is now battling to save her last surviving child. A woman with four children now has two left fighting to stay alive.”
“Please help them, release medicine, they need blood and money for treatment. It is heartless to ask a woman who just lost four children to go and start looking for 150,000 to save the life of the last surviving child, please intervene on our behalf”.
Some section of the protesters also expressed their disappointment over the seeming laid back way government is handling buildings that are no longer fit to live.
They said: “This disaster is too much to bear, government should take stricter measures to rid Lagos State of structures that are not fit to live in anymore. All weak structures should be demolished”.
“Government should visit all schools in the state and close down schools that do not meet the safety standard. Government should stop treating safety issues with kids’ gloves. These children are our future and now they are no more”.
The managing director of the hospital, however, said the hospital would not request for payment to treat victims of the disaster.
The minister of health, Isaac Adewole, gave the directive in a statement by Mrs Boade Akinola, the director, media and public relations of the ministry, on Wednesday, March 13 in Abuja. Adewole, also commiserated with the families of the dead and the state government over the tragic incident.