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400 indigent patients benefit from HEI intervention



In order to bring urgent medical intervention for indigent patients during critical medical emergencies so as to save lives, the Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) has funded care services for 350 indigent patients and 50 accident victims in the last three years.


The Managing Director of HEI, Paschal Achunine, who made this call in Lagos, has subsequently urged more Nigerians to key into the initiative of HEI by contributing needed funds to address urgent medical emergencies for indigent persons.


Also, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Lagos State Command, Hyginus Omeje, has advised Nigerians to activate the following emergency numbers: 112; 122; and 767 during accidents and other emergency situations to enable victims of accidents and other emergencies to get help without delay.


The duo made these known in Lagos during the HEI Charity Walk in collaboration with the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) and FRSC, which urged Nigerians to contribute to the HEI fund so as to save lives.


Achunine explained that the support HEI was seeking had become necessary to save the lives of many poor people who were caught up in health emergency situations, but lack the needed funding to access treatment. During the HEI Charity Walk For Indigent Patients with the theme ‘None Should Die,’ Achunine said that once he had cause to pay N1,500 registration card for an indigent patient who could not afford it.


“Some patients cannot pay as little as N500 had been denied treatment during critical emergencies, resulting in their untimely death,” he lamented.


Having realised these needs, he said, “In the last three years, HEI has been working with 23 public hospitals in Lagos and over 350 cases have been successfully resolved. Up to 50 accident cases have been attended to. “We also ensure the funds are not being directly paid to any wrong hands. We don’t give cash to anyone, but pay medical bill directly to hospitals,” he added.

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