APGA Gov’ship Candidate, Prof Greg Ibe, Settles Hospital Bills For Indigent Patients At FMC Umuahia

All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship candidate for Abia State in the forthcoming 2023 General Election, Prof Greg Ibe, has cleared the hospital bills of some indigent patients at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia.

He said the gesture is the beginning of the health care programme as contained in his manifesto for Abia state, promising to make healthcare top priority when elected as governor.

The indigent patients who benefitted from the benevolence spirit of Prof Ibe at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State, were full of joy and praises for the governorship candidate of  APGA for the humanitarian gesture.

One of the beneficiaries, Madam Comfort Okoro, from Arochukwu, said that but for Ibe’s intervention, her hope of returning to her house any time soon would have been dashed. 

The 65-year old who said she was discharged last week but detained because of N30,000 balance, prayed God to grant the APGA candidate his heart desires.

Similarly, another beneficiary, Chinyere Nwankwo, who also said she was discharged last week but was unable to raise N3000 balance, described Ibe as a Messiah.

She said her 15-year old son had been selling sachet water to see if he could raise the balance but had not been able to do so.

Addressing newsmen after going around some wards to interact with the patients, Professor Ibe said he was touched by their pathetic conditions.

He said the gesture heralded the beginning of the healthcare programme of his manifesto, assuring that Abia under his watch will witness a quality, available and affordable health care delivery.

Professor Ibe promised to bring foreign collaborators on orthopaedic and heart surgery in the weeks ahead.

The APGA governorship flag bearer promised a comprehensive health insurance scheme for the aged (70 years and above) to elongate their life span.

He sympathized with the downtrodden who are battling to survive the biting economic hardship, saying that many have died due to poverty.

“APGA is all about caring for the needs of the people, so, I have come to discharge all the indigents in this hospital.

“The economy is bad and we need to start from somewhere to give hope to our people. When we take over this state, health care will be given priority.”

Professor Ibe who also made donations for non-indigent patients, commended the Management of FMC for its intervention in the healthcare delivery system in the state.

Responding, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Onyebuchi Azubuike, commended Ibe for the gesture, and prayed God to reward him.

APGA Leader in the state, Hon. Obinna Ichita, who accompanied him, also thanked Ibe for the gesture, saying that health care provision remains part of the core mandates of Government which it had regrettably abandoned.

The lawmaker who decried the deplorable condition of the health sector in the state, noted that but for the presence of the FMC which is the major functional health institution in the state, many patients would have died untimely.

He accused the State Government of not showing enough interest to revamp the health sector particularly for owing doctors in the Abia State University Teaching Hospital which led to their protracted strike that made the institution to lose accreditation for admission of medical students.

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