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Pregnant woman dies in Kano hospital after doctors denied her treatment over payment alerts delay

A pregnant woman named Shema’u Sani Labaran died at the Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital in Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State as a result of suspected doctor carelessness caused by the new currency policy dilemma.

Recall that the Kano State Government advised marketers, supermarkets, and the general public against accepting outdated naira notes in the state, threatening to shut down and cancel the license of any business discovered doing so.

However, people said that several institutions, including government-owned fueling stations and merchants, as well as hospitals dealing with emergencies, had rejected the old notes.

Malam Fancy told Freedom Radio that he accompanied his wife to the hospital as she was ready to give birth, but the hospital refused his old naira notes and also did not have a POS, so they requested him to put the money in their account.

According to the Daily Trust, the woman’s husband, Malam Bello Fancy, stated that the doctors did not attend to his wife for more than three hours owing to a delay in the bank transfer.

He claimed that despite the fact that he deposited the money and was charged, the physicians on duty did not touch his wife because they said they needed to see the alert in their account, which took nearly three hours.

“My wife walked into the hospital from our house, but before they received the alert, the pains had doubled and she was already bleeding. Still, they didn?t touch her until after three hours when they received the alert,” he said.

“After they admitted her, they discovered that she could not deliver by herself; that she must undergo an operation. I agreed and paid the money; still through transfer. It also delayed for an additional three hours before they received the alert and operated on my wife. Shockingly, the baby was brought out dead and the mother also died.”

However, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Dr Rahila Garba, rejected the accusation, claiming that the assertion did not properly describe the incident.

Several patients at the hospital, however, confirmed the incident, stating that they, too, had issues with medical bill payment, which delayed services.

Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi, spokesperson for the state Hospital Management Board, told City & Crime that they had received information about the event and will launch an inquiry.

“We are not certain about the cause of the incident, we just got the information. But we have commenced an investigation into the matter.” he added.

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