As part of efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and downtrodden in the society, Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation, a non governmental organization owned by the former governor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu on Friday visited Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia to identify with the patients in the hospital.
Speaking with ABN TV after the exercise, the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Rev. Mrs. Jemaimah Ola Kalu, said “I am at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) for humanitarian services, that is to offset the medical bills of some patients.”
Jemima stated that the Foundation paid the hospital bills of one Mr. Kalu Ogbonna from Ihechiowa.
“By the grace of God on the 10th of this month, I will be coming back to this hospital to offset most of the bills some patients couldn’t pay and it’s up to the tune of three million naira(3,000,000).” she said.
The retired permanent secretary recalled that during the last visit of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu to the hospital, he (Orji) promised to offset the bills of some patients who are not financially disposed to pay up their hospital bills.
According to Ola:”most of them have been discharged for many months but they are still here because they can’t pay their hospital bills. His Excellency in his usual compassionate way has promised to offset these bills and by the grace of God, I will be coming back to offset those hospital bills of the patients.”
Rev. Ola added that by this time last year the organization was all over the state carrying out empowerment programs in line with the United Nations(UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Many wards were visited such as Aba North and South during the exercise.
Ola added that money was also given to the beneficiaries for them to start up small scale business and also mentored them on how to be successful in business.
The beneficiary of the gesture, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Kalu Ogbonna, while speaking with ABN TV said he has been operated twice for gunshot wound and he is expected to go for another surgery. He expressed his thanks to Almighty God for spearing his life and to Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu for his benevolence. He congratulated him for his victory on the just concluded senatorial polls.
“Wherever Dr. Orji Kalu is right now, may God bless him and pay him back for remembering me” Ogbonna said.
The Orji Uzor Kalu foundation is a worldwide non-governmental organization that is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria, and also with the ECOSO department of United Nation (UN). It is also known for peace building and for giving aids to the less privileged in the society such as scholarships, youth and women empowerment, including eradication of poverty.
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