Pregnant women protest against outrageous Maternal medical care bills in Ondo state
Pregnant women disrupted activities at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, as they protested against outrageous medical bills charged for maternal care by the state government.
They wanted the state government to urgently reverse N25,000 for normal delivery and operation fee of N50,000 to the free birth policy of the former administration, noting that the government increased the cost of their antenatal bill by over 300 per cent.
They also said they pay N500 to N4,000 for various reasons in the course of their ante-natal registrations and visits.
It was recalled that pregnant women and children under the age of 5 enjoyed free medical services under previous administration in the state.
Close to one hundred pregnant women were gathered at the ante-natal section of the hospital for the protest.
Reacting to the issue, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Moses Adewole, however said that the N500 for every antenatal appointment was introduced to support the management of the hospital, and that the N4,000 covers tests, investigation and analysis. He further denied the alleged increment in the child delivery fee. He said that the increment in normal delivery and CS fee is false and should be ignored, saying the normal delivery fee remains N5,000 and that the government has no plan to increase any fee for pregnant women.
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