Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism, VSF, has given N140 million to seven hospitals in troubled Northeastern region to subsidize medical bills of victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
The hospitals include University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH; Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri; Specialist Hospital, Damaturu; Federal Medical Centre, Gombe; Specialist Hospital, Gombe; Federal Medical Centre, Yola and Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Presenting a cheque of N20 million each to two benefitting hospitals in Borno State, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, the foundation’s Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, said it became imperative to assist because of the huge amount needed to treat victims of the numerous attacks by insurgents in the region.
Ochoche, while calling on the entire nation to rise up to the challenge and assist the troubled region, said no single organisation can meet the huge need of the region arising from insurgency and terrorism. He spoke at separate presentations of cheques at the two medical facilities in Maiduguri.
Ochoche, who signed a memorandum of understanding with the two institutions, said the Victims Support Fund realised the need to intervene immediately and assist in offsetting the heavy medical bills of victims of insurgency, which pile up daily.
He noted that N20m donation to each of the hospitals was a drop of water in the ocean of medical bills procured by victims of Boko Haram.
Permanent Secretary in Borno State Ministry of Health, Ahmed Sanda, received a cheque on behalf of Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, while Chief Medical Director of UMTH, Prof Abdulrahman Tahir, collected for his hospital.
Both Sanda and Tahir, while expressing gratitude to the foundation, insisted that much has been incurred in taking care of victims of insurgency and canvassed for more support.
Source:: national mirror