It was a joyous day for indigent patients at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba yesterday as their bills were settled to enable them go home.
Thirteen of them, who had been discharged but could not leave because of inability to pay their bills, had the bills amounting to over N2 million paidr by a former Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay.
In addition, he promised to take care of the treatment and medication of one of the patients, 17-year-old Miss Blessing Atokwu, who presently moves only on a wheelchair, after settling her N356,120 medical bill.
Besides, he supported a nurse, Miss Amaka Ofodile from Anambra State, who has been bedridden at the hospital since 2018, due to a spinal cord injury, with N500,000.
Macaulay said he resolved to embark on the hospital visitation as against merriments and partying to mark his 60th birth anniversary in obedience to the bidding of the Lord and in deference to the happenings in the country arising from Covid-19 and the #ENDSARS protests.
He urged the patients to hold on to God and put their faith in Him always.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of FMC, Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatuma, commended the former SSG for the kind gesture and wished him well.
Similarly, Atokwu, who along with other beneficiaries could not hold back their emotions, thanked Macaulay for coming to their aid, and prayed God to abundantly reward him.
Macaulay was earlier at the Omega Fire Ministry, Asaba, to thank God for His mercies, love, protection and blessings in the past 60 years.
At the Church, he said he was dedicating the day to “the souls of his friends and all those who lost their lives to Covid-19, the Oleh/Ozoro crisis and the youth presently secrificibg their lives in the struggle to give Nigerians a better country.