Benue State Government says it will fund the treatment of a seven-month old baby, Verse Asaar, who was born with a hole in the heart.

Baby Verse who is down with congenital heart defect was being treated at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, (BSUTH), Makurdi.

The boy has been referred for further medical attention abroad and Governor Ortom said he will foot the bill because Verse, just like any other Benue child, deserves to live.

The Governor who stated this when he visited patients in various hospitals in Makurdi including the State University Teaching Hospital, Rahama Hospital, Bishop Murray Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, also settled hospital bills of all patients at the teaching hospital amounting to N3.8 million.

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He said the visit to hospitals was to assist the patients and reassure them that the state has not forgotten about them in their time of pain and distress.

He described as cordial and result-oriented, the partnership between him and the two hospitals; Rahama and Bishop Murray Hospitals in the treatment of hernia, snakebites and other medical conditions saying many lives have been saved through the process.

Ortom also lauded the Catholic Church and the management of Bishop Murray Hospital for the uncommon courage and resilience exhibited by the hospital through prudent utilization of resources, saying the progress made in the hospital was impressive.

Health Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Rev. Fr. Peter Paleve, commended Gov. Ortom’s life saving initatives through free treatment of snakebites patients.

Rev. Paleve who urged the Governor to keep up the selfless service to humanity stressed that the Governor’s partnership with the Integrated Health Programme had transformed the hospital to a great extent.

He prayed that the Governor’s intervention especially for the less privileged would attract greater blessings from God.