NICOSIA- The Director of Makarios Hospital in Nicosia Petros Matsas on Thursday dismissed as inaccurate a report in the Turkish Cypriot press than twin babies were being held ‘hostage’ at the hospital until their parents paid their hospital bill.
Matsas described the accusation as a “disgrace” and said “There was never ever any mention of or reference to keeping the children as a guarantee.” He described the notion as “insulting.”
Amongst other things, the report in Afrika said the twin girls were born on April 13 while Matsas says the Turkish Cypriot twins born at the hospital recently came into the world on Wednesday, May 14 although their mother had been admitted earlier.
Having been born prematurely at 32 weeks, the little girls are undergoing treatment at the hospital’s intensive care unit. Matsas said the length of their stay in hospital would depend on their development.
He said the caesarean cost €2,300 while there was a €295 charge for every day each of the babies spent in the ICU. Matsas said the babies’ father had paid a
€2,000 deposit when his wife was admitted.
Matsas said people with financial difficulties were advised to approach the Health Ministry for assistance but that many simply left in the middle of the night and were searched for by the authorities.