Families of survivors of the building that collapsed in Lagos have stormed a hospital premises in the state that was reportedly demanding for noting 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.”
Another angry protester who said her friend lost all three of her children in the disaster said it was inhumane to now be asked to make any form of payment either for the release of the bodies or for treatment of survivors.
According to her, “The school has a large population, it’s a big school. All three of my friend’s kids attend the school and she lost all of them.
”How old are they that we are coming to general hospital to collect their bodies? One woman who has lost four out of five of her children slept here and was given a bill of 150,000 to go and pay to the bank. Is that not heartless? ”
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 pulled down.
“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.