Govt House Prayer Committee Gives Assistance To Patients At UUTH

The Akwa Ibom Government House Monthly Prayer Meeting Committee has rendered assistance to nursing mothers and children of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH). The committee in its visit to the referral institution, Wednesday, offered prayers for the recovery of patients, including a child in oxygen for three weeks, settled bills of nursing mothers and presented them with items including: diapers, towels, baby foods, beverages, toleteries, detergents and powders. The special assistant to the governor on religious affairs, Rev Daniel Akwatang who led the committee on the visit said the initiative was in line with the vision of the governor to touch lives of all persons, particularly the vulnerable ones in the society. He said the committee in its responsibility prays for the government and the people of the state, while the offerings got from prayer meetings were utilized in assisting the less-priveleged ones in the society. Akwatang observed that the governor was passionate about the plights of the downtrodden and children in the state and that the visit was a demonstration of the commitment to their welfare. The SA , accompanied by the chairman of the committee, Pastor Emmanuel Bassey, intervened for a mother of triplets, Mrs Ema Udoh, to donate N150, 000 for settlement of medical bills and fare back home. The mother of triplets, an indigene of Ikono Local Government Area discharged since January 21, 2020 but could not go home due to inability to offset medical bills incurred. He urged the mothers to take good care of their children and to ensure that they were imbibe with moral values as they grow up, such that they would live with it to be useful to themselves, family and the society. He also prayed God to bless the children and bestow the management and health personnel with the knowledge and skills to treat patients in their disposal. Akwatang who committed the items donated to God, asked for nourishment, vitality, wisdom and knowledge for the children as they use them. The chairman, board of directors, UUTH, Senator Salihu Egyebola, described the initiative of the governor and the committee as unique and helpful. He said the board was highly appreciative of the gesture and all the supports from the Akwa Ibom government to the hospital. The chief medical director (CMD), Dr Emem-Abasi Bassey, said patients in the hospital were in need of prayers and other assistance to overcome their health problems and extolled the committee for offering same. The assistant director nursing services/ supervisor pediatric, UUTH, Mrs Ime Okon, took the team around the hospital, expressed appreciation to Governor Emmanuel and the committee for the gesture, adding that the governor always had proven to be a caring personality . Assisted by the head, Nursing Services, Mrs Afiong Ekpa, she hinted that there were numerous cases of patients with financial challenges and abandonment and appealed to the committee to continue in its intervention, while calling on the public to emulate the kind gesture of the committee for the less- privileged patients in the institution. The mother of triplets, Mrs Ema Udoh, thanked the governor and the committee for coming to her aid, saying she was stranded in the hospital after delivery because her husband, a motor cyclist had no money to settle the accrued bills. Udo, a petty trader residing at Ikot Ekpene, said her husband's motorcycle was stolen, a situation she said, makes life very difficult for the family. Mrs Mbetobong Okon from Okobo Local Government Area which the husband abandoned after delivery, lamented her predicament and sought for help to settle her N136,073 bills for a discharge, even as her baby died. Among the members of the committee were; the founder of Believers Assembly, Apostle Isaiah Isong, Evang. Angela Ashong, Apostle Effiong Ekoi and others.

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