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Ikeduru Diocese marks St Luke’s Day …Bishop pays N.2m hospital bills for indigent patients By Nick Chibunna

Bishop Emmanuel Maduwike of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru has called on Christians to always show compassion to their fellow human beings irrespective of faith.

He made the call when he led the executive council members of the Chapel of Healing Cross, Bishops Court, in the Diocese, on a visit to the three hospitals in Imo State.

The visit was in commemoration of St Luke’s Day, an annual event marked by praying and sharing with the less privileged individuals in the society, especially the sick ones among them.

During the visit, the prelate spent more than N200,000 on indigent patients who had been held in the hospitals for their inability to pay the bills.

The Bishop said that it was in the spirit of the theme of the celebration: “Arise and take your bed and go home”.

At St. Davids Hospital Ikenegbu, two patients, namely Mrs Phoebe Chukwunyere from Ogwa in Mbaitoli LGA, and Mrs Uche Glory from Ihiagwa in Owerri West were beneficiaries of the Bishop’s magnanimity.

He thanked the management of the hospital, especially Dr. Davidson Anyanwu, for affiliating St. Luke’s Chapel of the hospital to the Chapel of Healing Cross.

At the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, bills were paid for two accident victims; Uwaoma Obinna of Obizi Mbaise and Timothy Ike of Umuafa Atta Ikeduru and one patient, Mr Ike discharged since two weeks but could not pay his bill.

The hospital’s head of administration services, Mrs N. Onyegbulem and coordinator of social welfare, Mrs  Patience Nwankwo thanked Bishop Maduwike, saying that the church had shown that it is not only preaching the gospel but also alleviating the sufferings of the masses.

The team also visited St. Christopher’s Hospital Atta where Mrs Loveth Abaraonye’s bill of N23,000 was paid by the Bishop who also gave her N5000.

The Bishop was accompanied by the Chapel council’s vice chairman, Ven John Akahara, Ven. Clelland Nze, Rev. Canon Chidi Njoku, Sir Louis Ezirim, Sir Alex Emekalam and the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Innocent Onumajuru.

Speaking to Christian Voice, Ven Akahara said that the exercise is in obedience to the command of the master.  He commended the Bishop for piloting the affairs of the Diocese effectively and prayed for him.

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