By: Awesome Ekene
The Human Rights, Liberty Access, and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIDE) has appealled to good-spirited Nigerians to come to the rescue of over 15 patients of Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital (AE-FUTHA) Abakaliki.
The group noted that the patients have been discharged but were unable to pay their hospital bills especially at the male and female ward of the hospital.
HURIDE Chairman, Ebonyi State chapter, Comrade Sampson Oko Nweke, revealed that the foundation, led by Dede Uzor A, the Executive Director visited the hospital to put smiles on patients’ faces by helping to settle hospital bills.
According to him, Dede Uzor said HURIDE helped in setting a 9-year-old boy’s hospital bills and he also urged Nigerians to volunteer in setting the bills of of over 15 other patients at the hospital.
“There we encountered many cases of discharged patients who cannot go home because they cannot pay their respective hospital bills.
“The most pathetic of them is the case of Master Caleb Akpu, a 9-year-old first son of his parents.
“He is from Amasiri Community of Ebonyi State. Early this year, he was diagnosed with Cancerous cancer on the right leg which led to the consequent amputation of the affected leg.
“Meanwhile, from hospital records and mother’s testimony, HURIDE gathered that after successful surgery and subsequent treatments, Master Caleb was discharged on the November 10, 2021 but has not been able to go home because his parents cannot afford to offset the remaining hospital bills.
“HURIDE however inquired to know how much the remaining bill was and we were told it was N52,650 (Fifty-two thousand, six hundred and fifty naira) only.
“We, therefore, told Caleb’s mother not to worry. We promised them they will soon go home.
“On December 3, 2021, HURIDE went back to the hospital and offset the remaining bills through the assistance of HURIDE’s national Leadership headed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor.
“Now, Master Caleb and his mother have happily gone home so that little Caleb can go back to school and as well reunite with family and friends.
“We want to appeal to good-spirited Nigerians to come to the rescue of over 15 patients who have been discharged but are unable to pay their hospital bills especially at the male and female ward of the hospital. HURIDE… Touching Lives.
HURIDE… Advancing Peace In The World.”