A group, Hospital Visitationaries of Mary, Sunday, donated about N350, 000 worth of drugs to victims of Ebonyi-Benue herdsmen attack.
The group, led by its founder, Rev. Dr. Chidi Obasi, made the donation at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, where the survivors are receiving treatment.
They also went to the hospital with coolers of jellof rice and soft drinks which were shared among the victims.
The gift items were received by the Director of Administration, AEFETHA, Mr. Azubike Okonkwo, on behalf of the hospital board.
Presenting the gift items, Rev. Fr. Obasi, said as part of its objectives, they have been doing charity works which include paying of hospital bills for indigent patients.
He stated: “We have been doing it for all these years, paying hospital bills of patients and feeding the patients. This has taken us to almost all the hospitals in Ebonyi state.
“So when we heard about the herdsmen attack, of course, I always come here to pray for them. But I said it’s not just prayer, let us do something physical to assist. So I asked for the list of the drugs they needed and they gave me the whole list so I decided to go and get the drugs in more quantity.
“What we have here is almost N350, 000 worth of drugs. And in some cases we also feed the patients, all the admitted persons, so that is the food.
“Sometimes evil tend to defeat, bring fear, kill the zeal to show love and charity. But by this, we are just saying in a loud way that evil will never triumph, rather it will bring the best out of our society. The spirit to love, the spirit to forgive, the spirit to give, the spirit to assist and that is what we are trying to manifest. We are also calling on good spirited individuals in our society to key into this. All of us are involved. Today it’s them, tomorrow it maybe me or you. So let us get involved in assisting such victims.
“We will continue to pray for them that the good Lord will heal and also give them succour and consolation to their individual families”.
He also thanked those who contributed to the success of the donation, adding that he appealed to friends and they responded favourably.
He also advised federal and state governments to address agitations in the country in order to bring back peace.
“It is their responsibility, they the chief security Officers. If there are certain agitations, they should go into dialogue with people like that and not to just to neglect those issues they are agitating about. So they should look into those issues and see how they will address it to bring peace back to our society” he added.
Receiving the items, Mr. Okonkwo, thanked the group for the donation.
He said the drugs will go a long way in making sure that the victims received the desired medical treatment.
He said the hospital was running out of supplies of the drugs, while also calling on good spirited individuals to come to the aide of the victims.