Former Minister Solomon Dalung Abandoned in Hospital Over N80,000 Bill

Former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, recently recounted a distressing incident during his hospitalization in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Nigeria. Dalung, who served under the administration of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, revealed that he fell critically ill on Wednesday, May 8, and was rushed to a local hospital.

Former Minister Solomon Dalung Abandoned in Hospital Over N80,000 Bill

However, his ordeal took a dire turn when he lapsed into unconsciousness for seven hours following medical assessments.

Dalung recounted how he found himself in the emergency ward, only to be left unattended for over four hours due to his inability to pay the required admission deposit of N80,000. Despite his efforts, including regaining partial consciousness to initiate the transfer of the deposit, hospital officials insisted on full payment before administering treatment. The former minister emphasized the distressing nature of the situation, questioning why his status as a former government official did not warrant better treatment after years of patronage.

Expressing his gratitude, Dalung highlighted the intervention of Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who, upon being informed of the situation by Dalung’s security personnel, promptly dispatched the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to assess the situation. Additionally, Dalung acknowledged the support of political associates and local government chairpersons who rallied around him during his time of need.

Taking to social media, Dalung shared his ordeal, shedding light on the challenges faced by individuals navigating Nigeria’s healthcare system, particularly concerning access and affordability. The incident sparked widespread outrage online, with many echoing Dalung’s sentiments and calling for reforms to ensure that no citizen faces such neglect in times of medical emergency.

As Dalung continues to recuperate, his experience serves as a stark reminder of the pressing need to prioritize humanity and compassion in the delivery of healthcare services, irrespective of one’s social or political status.

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