Not less than sixteen patients including a nursing mother who recently arrived from Libya heaved a sigh of relief as their medical bills were cleared by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki. A gesture he said would be regular and spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.
The offsetting of the medical bills was carried out through the office of the Chief of Staff to the governor, Taiwo Akerele.
Eight of the beneficiaries were selected from the Central Hospital, Benin City while the other eight were from the Stella Obasanjo Children and Women Hospital.
Represented by the Senior Special Assistant/Personal Assistant and Admin officer to the Chief of Staff, Jaspa Olowojoba, Obaseki said his administration was committed to improving facilities in all government owned hospitals across the state to render better healthcare services to the people.
One of the beneficiaries, a fibroid patient identified simply as Tina said I have always loved him and God will continue to bless him for all of us Edolites, he is a nice man and he is well educated and respect people a lot. I love him. I have spent eight days here I did fibroid operation”
Happy Edoror, a Libyan returnee mother of a six weeks old baby said her baby became ill shortly after they arrived from Libya and she was stranded unable to pay the hospital bills of her baby but said she was elated by the intervention of the governor.
She appealed that she should be given a job to do by the government after nursing her baby whose father, a Libyan she said still calls her.
“She is six weeks old; her father is in Libya but still calls me. I thank the governor for coming to my aide to pay my medical bills for the baby but I also want the government to help me so that I can be working because right now, I don’t have anything that I am doing”
The Chief Medical Director, Stella Obasanjo hospital stated: “I want to say a very big thank you to our amiable governor for this show of magnanimity to the people of Edo state; it shows very clearly the love he has for his people. I know he has a lot in the pipeline because I am privileged to know and I think is those ones come to pass, then he would have arrived in the Promised Land and then the people will say hosanna”
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