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Governor Ayade Pays hospital bills, deliver palliatives to patients to mark World humanitarian day

As part of activities to mark this year's World Humanitarian Day, the Cross River State Government has settled the outstanding bills owed by the nursing mothers worth hundreds of thousands.

It was gathered that the debt kept most of them in the hospital for weeks and months.

Speaking on the World Humanitarian Day, the Governor cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade who was represented by the Commissioner, Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare, Blessing Egbara said: "We are going out there to show the people that we are with them".

The Team led by the Commissioner, Visited the General and Teaching Hospitals in Calabar, saying "today is basically a day set aside to remember the real-life Heroes, those who have been able to provide a shoulder for the weak to lean on. 

"We are going out there to show the people that we are with them, that Ministry cares about them and the Governor has them at heart.

"It is also an international day dedicated to recognizing humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes".

Honorable Blessing visited the Maternity ward of the General Hospital Calabar where she handed over palliatives to the women who put to birth, adding that the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare is out to show them that they care and will always be there to support them. 

While expressing gratitude to the Humanitarian act by the Commissioner, the Chief Nursing superintendent Post Natal Ward, Nurse Precious Njam, said "I'm so happy to see the Commissioner for Humanity and Social Welfare Visit our unit and to do what she has done.

"Most of these patients come here, many don't have money to clear their bills and its a big challenge to these nursing mothers, most of them in the ward there are waiting for bill settlements, but thank God for the Commissioner, her coming is timely, she has assisted all of them who had bills to clear off, most of them have been here for months, today they can go back to their families."

One of the Nursing mothers, Mrs Adieh Glory, couldn't hold back her tears as she thanked the Honorable Commissioner for Humanity and Social Welfare for reaching out to her in a time like this.

Accordingly, she said "God will Bless you exceedingly, I pray that He Blesses the Governor who has chosen you to be a blessing to us, I never in my life saw this coming, I have been here for a month now, no money to settle my hospital bills, my husband has been running up and down but could only raise a little token which wasn't enough, but today God has sent us our helper, God bless you Ma' and may God Bless Professor Ben Ayade" 

The Commissioner went on to visit teaching hospital where she gave out palliatives to the patients, assuring them that the state will continue to support them.