The death of a staff of the Ogun State Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, over his inability to pay N3, 500 before receiving treatment, has triggered a protest by his colleagues, who grounded services at the hospital for over five hours on Tuesday.
The incident occurred on Friday, when Olusegun Ososan was refused treatment in the hospital because he could not pay the mandatory N3, 500.
Authorities had insisted he must pay before service, a condition usually waived for staff members.
Mr. Ososan died after he was taken to another hospital where he sought help, his colleagues told PREMIUM TIMES.
In response, staff of the hospital, majority of them junior workers, staged a protest, resulting in the suspension of normal hospital services for hours.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as “Staff are not slaves; Give us our rights’; We don’t want obnoxious decree”, “Dr. Seyi Adekoya must go”.
A colleague of the deceased, Oluwaseun Hameed, who spoke to journalists, said the deceased pleaded for prompt treatment but was not be admitted because of financial constraint.
The deceased friends, Folashade Oropo and Olubunmi Adekoya, expressed displeasure over the treatment, describing it as discriminatory against junior staff.
The hospital management met with the staff union.
The Chairman, Ijebu Zonal Area of the Medical and Health Workers Union, Oriade Bamidele, said the meeting resolved that the policy be reversed immediately, expressing sadness over the death of the member.
The leader of the Hospital Management team, Isaiah Aiyegoro, refused to comment, saying the matter was an internal affair.