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Residents shocked as hospital dumps patient at husband’s shop in Ibadan

Residents of Desalu Street, Odo-Ona in Ibadan South-West Local Government Area, Oyo State, were thrown into confusion on Friday afternoon as a sick woman identified as Blessing Ayeni was dumped at the frontage of her husband’s shop by representatives of an undisclosed hospital.

According to an eyewitness, Remilekun Tawose, officials of the hospital claimed that family members of Blessing had abandoned her at the hospital since 2023.

For this reason, the hospital was left with no option than to bring her to the known address of her husband, which is his shop where he sells alcoholic drinks.

According to reports, representatives of the hospital told some residents that they had on a series of occasions visited the husband to come take responsibility for the medical bills of his sick wife without any positive response from him.

The hospital representatives, according to Tawose, also claimed that the immediate family members of Blessing initially showed up at the hospital but later stopped for reasons not known to the hospital management.

As at Friday evening, she was still lying on the floor, looking frail after surviving the scorching sun, while residents watched helplessly.

Tawose, while speaking further, said, “The reason we don’t know what to do at the moment is that officials of the hospital told us that we should not move closer to the sick woman because the ailment she is suffering from is contagious.”

Efforts to locate Blessing’s husband to get his side of the story proved abortive, as he was nowhere to be found, just as his shop was under lock.

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