Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has settled the medical bills of some patients who were unable to make such payments after their discharge from the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Park Lane, Enugu.
Among the beneficiaries of the governor’s kind gesture was a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Sunday Blessing, who delivered her baby via Caesarian Section at the hospital but could not leave as she had yet to settle the medical bill.
The governor settled the bills while flagging-off the first round of this year’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week which took place at Park Lane General Hospital, Enugu.
Addressing the gathering comprising health workers and nursing mothers, Ugwuanyi informed them that the programme was aimed at curbing the “unacceptably high maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in the country” as well as exploring the most effective ways to address the challenges they posed to the society.
He explained that the priority that health enjoyed a in his administration was underscored by the fact that the programme continued to run in the state despite the country’s current declining economic state.
According to the governor, the programme offers a week-long package of events conceived to deliver an integrated plan of promotional and preventive service that are both cost-effective and useful for fostering maternal, newborn and child health in the society.