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AKSG urges private hospitals to treat accident victims promptly


• Pays N300m To Health Facilities
Akwa Ibom State government has charged private medical practitioners in the state not to reject or demand deposit or consultation fees from any accident victim before treatment.

The state commissioner for health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, revealed this while presenting cheques worth N300m to 14 out of the 16 health facilities that treated victims of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church building, which occurred more than a year ago.

He said should any victim decide to take any hospital to court on such matter, the state would stand by such individual.

It would be recalled that on December 20, 2016, during the ordination service of the founder of the church, Apostle Akan Weeks, the church’s roof caved in. Some people lost their lives, while others sustained serious injuries.

“Today, we are here to fulfill our promise. The governor, who was the guest of honour during the incident, directed that you should assist by treating anybody brought to your facility without demanding for deposit or consultation fees.

“Your actions saved many lives, and we thank the doctors for their understanding and for cooperating with government in reducing the cost of treatment to the barest. This shows a lot of sacrifice on your part. I thank the management of the hospitals for bearing with government for more than one year before payment,” he said.

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