The Benue State Government has disclosed plans to fund the treatment of 7-month old Aaron Asaar from Gboko Local Government Area who was born with a hole in the heart.
Governor Samuel Ortom stated this during an unscheduled visit to patients in various hospitals in Makurdi the state capital. The Governor visited the State University Teaching Hospital, Rahama Hospital, Bishop Murray Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre.
Aaron was at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital Makurdi but was referred for further medical attention abroad.
The Governor during his visit also settled hospital bills of all patients at the teaching hospital amounting to N3.8 million noting that the visit to hospitals was to assist the patients and reassure them that the State has not forgotten about them in their time of pain and distress.
He described as cordial and result-oriented, the partnership between him and the two hospitals of Rahama and Bishop Murray in the treatment of hernia, snakebites and other medical conditions, saying many lives have been saved through the process.
He lauded the Catholic Church and the management of Bishop Murray Hospital for the uncommon courage and resilience exhibited by the hospital through prudent utilisation of resources, saying the progress made in the hospital was impressive.
Health Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi Peter Paleve, commended Governor Ortom’s life saving initatives through free treatment of snakebite patients, stressing that the his partnership with the Integrated Health Programme had transformed the hospital to a great extent.
He said the Governor’s intervention especially for the less privileged would attract great blessings from God..