Naira Scarcity: Grief, Agony as Pregnant Woman Dies After Husband Could Not Get Cash to Pay Hospital Bill

Naira Scarcity: Grief, Agony as Pregnant Woman Dies After Husband Could Not Get Cash to Pay Hospital Bill

  • James Auta lost his wife to excessive blood loss during child delivery after a futile effort to get cash to make part payment for the hospital bill
  • The couple had earlier been at a hospital when the wife started labour but the husband could not get cash from his bank and POS operators had closed over the scarcity of naira notes
  • Auta later sought the service of a nearby nurse who could not stop the heavy bleeding until the new mother died

Kaduna - A family has been thrown into grief and agony as a pregnant woman died after her husband's inability to get cash over the counter in the bank to pay the required deposit for her hospital bill.

According to Tribune, the incident happened in Kasuwan Magani in the Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

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Heavily pregnant woman dies after futile efforts of husband to get cash. Photo Credit: CBN
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How a pregnant woman died as husband could not get cash to pay hospital bills

The husband of the deceased, James Auta, narrated how his wife was rejected by the hospital because he could not make a deposit payment because of the scarcity of the naira notes.

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Auta narrated that:

“I ran to my bank to withdraw money but was told no money. I went back looking for POS operators, but I could not find any because, since the issue of new currency began, most POS operator locked up their business centre.”

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Following his inability to withdraw the cash, the couple decided to go home and trust God to intervene and give his wife safe delivery.

Sadly, the situation got worse. The heavily pregnant wife later died while trying to deliver on her own.

He said:

"My wife began labour around 11 pm. Since I could not withdraw any money, I called the attention of a nurse within our locality. But as my wife delivered, blood was coming out non-stop. All efforts by the nurse to stop the bleeding failed.”

Knocks upon knocks as CBN gives fresh directive to banks on new naira notes earlier reported that the CBN has directed commercial banks to start issuing the new naira notes to Nigerians at the counter.

Godwin Emefiele, the governor disclosed the latest development in a statement on Thursday following outcries by Nigerians.

Some presidential candidates have joined Nigerians to condemn the policy but the federal government and the apex bank would not take a reverse.


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