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Ihedioha frees indigent patients at IMSUTH

By Rich Odu  and Ogechi Ohiri
Indigent patients who received treatment at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) but could not pay their bills have been allowed to go home on the orders of Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of the State.
Announcing this in church last Sunday, the Chaplain of St. Camillus Catholic Chaplaincy in IMSUTH, Rev. Fr. Paschal Alisa, thanked the governor immensely for the philanthropic gesture.
Fr. Alisa had earlier appealed to the church congregation to help the indigent patients whom he visited and saw their pitiable condition.
He said that he was elated when he visited again to see the patients in a happy mood, packing their belongings and getting ready to leave.
On enquiry, the priest learnt that the Imo State Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, had given orders that they be released and their bills offset by government.
Fr. Alisa gave kudos to the governor for remembering these indigent patients at their point of need.
Meanwhile, the Imo State government has been battling return to work, staff of the premier health institution who had been on strike for more than five weeks.
The workers were demanding the restoration of their 100 percent emoluments which the government has already affected in ministries.
They are also, among other things, asking for promoted workers to be given their dues.
Workers are unhappy that government had breached an agreement reached with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) of the hospital over the 100 percent subvention and repair of access roads to the hospital.
Our reporter, however, observed that work had begun on the roads while efforts were being made to end the strike which had paralysed the progress of student at the College of Medicine and Nursing while treatment of patients had been stalled.

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