Friday, 5 May 2017

Dogara settles patients’ bills at Bauchi hospital

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Friday paid the N3.76 million medical bills of patients at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

The N1.26 million bills for five patients with critical issues were settled while N2.5 million was dropped with the hospital’s management to cover the bills of other patients.

For the critical cases, N500, 000 was paid for a cancer patient, N300, 000 for an orthopaedic case, N200, 000 each for a policeman with gunshot injury and an unsettled bill, and N60, 000 for a man with renal problem.

Dogara, who made the gesture during a visit to hospital, said he was there to assess the quality of facilities and assist indigent patients.

He said the settlement of the bills was done with the assistance of some his colleagues, who had concern for patients in need.

The speaker said, “We came to assess the quality of facilities here to see where we can assist. As lawmakers, we appropriate funds for Federal Government agencies and the visit is to identify areas we can assist.

“I want to say that with the contribution from some of my colleagues, I will settle the bills of some of the cases we came across.”

Dogara said the visit to the hospital was part of his tour of projects in his constituency “and to thank the people of the state for their support.”

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