Foundation settles #EndSARS victims’ hospital bill with N20m
About 185 #EndSARS victims in 23 hospitals across nine states have received a medical intervention fund that would help defray the medical bills of some of the hospitalised victims.
Whitefield Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), acknowledged the receipt of financial support worth N20 million from Coca-Cola Nigeria and its bottling partners (NBC), saying that over the past weeks, it has processed over 900 requests nationwide, most of which were found to be unrelated to the #EndSARS incidents.
In all, it revealed that 185 patients being treated in 23 hospitals across nine states of Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Plateau and the FCT, Abuja, benefited from the intervention fund.
Speaking on the intervention, the Chief Executive Officer, Whitefield Foundation, Funmi Johnson, said the patients were treated for various degrees of injuries, including gunshots, while amounts ranging from N10,000 to N300,000 were disbursed directly to the respective hospitals on their behalf.
Johnson said: “Unfortunately, some of the patients have had to undergo amputation and will be provided with prosthetic limbs, to enhance their ability to function normally post-recovery. About 30 per cent were outpatients, while 70 per cent were on admission, of which 21 per cent had been discharged as at 12th November, 2020.
“This has been an eye-opening, hope-restoring and sometimes heart-breaking experience for me. Going round hospitals in person, and also reviewing reports from agents and patients across Nigeria, leaves me grateful to Coca-Cola Nigeria. Several people have been saved from untimely death by their support.”
She also appealed to other corporate organisations and people of means to support NGOs to bring more relief initiatives to the helpless, as “the healthcare system in this nation needs all the help and support it can get. I plead with all Nigerians to shun violence at all cost.”