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Patient flees Ogun hospital over unpaid medical bills

The Ogun State Police Command is on the trail of a patient of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba Abeokuta, in Ogun State, identified as Saba Elizabeth.

PUNCH Online gathered that the patient reportedly absconded on Saturday due to her inability to pay her medical bills after receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment at the medical centre.

Our correspondent learnt that Elizabeth was admitted to the gynecology ward of the medical centre on November 11, 2023, and ought to have been discharged on November 16, 2023.

However, she could not leave the hospital due to her inability to fulfill her financial obligation to the medical centre.

Knowing that she could no longer meet up with her medical bills, she was said to have lied to staff members  of the hospital that she wanted to buy food at a nearby store but never returned to the hospital.

Our correspondent further gathered that when all efforts to locate Elizabeth failed, the Chief Security Officer of the medical centre, Akpoji Joshua, reported the incident to the Kemta Police Division on Sunday.

Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said the police in Kemta Division were helping the hospital locate the patient.

“We are investigating to unravel her whereabouts through her family members,” she simply stated.

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