APGA guber candidate, Greg Ibe wipes medical bills of indigent patients @ FMC
By Steve Oko
The 2023 Abia State governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance Alliance, APGA, Professor Greg Ibe, has wiped the medical bills of indigent patients at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia.
Picking the bills after visiting the patients at the various wards of the hospital Wednesday, Professor Ibe said he was touched by their pathetic conditions.
He said the gesture heralded the beginning of his healthcare programme of his manifesto, assuring that Abia under his watch would witness a quality, available and affordable health care delivery.
Professor Ibe promised to bring foreign collaborators on orthopedic 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.”
Profesor 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.
APGA Chairman, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, said Ibe “is God-sent to repair and rebuild Abia”.
He said Ibe was not an emergency philanthropist as he has consistently been into philanthropic gestures for years unlike some others doing so for political reasons.
One of the beneficiaries, Madam Comfort Okoro, from Arochukwu, was full of praise for Professor Ibe.
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.
Profesor Ibe later visited the state leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers,as well as Pensioners, assured them of better and regular welfare package if voted into power.
Addressing newsmen later after meeting with both unions, the APGA governorship candidate said he needed to know their plights and assured them of brighter future.
He said that his victory in 2023 would mark the end of their sufferings, promising to clear all salary and pension arrears within one year of assuming power.
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