Cross River State Governor Bassey Otu has pledged to help pay for the victims of the gas explosion in Calabar.
Last week, a gas explosion happened in the home of Prince Effiom, his pregnant wife Joy Prince, their daughter, and their one-year-old child at No. 10 Tete Street, Calabar South.
When the attack occurred, residents of the Bayside neighborhood in the Calabar South region aided in the evacuation of the victims to a nearby medical facility.
The governor, who was represented by Chief of Staff Emmanuel Ironbar, gave thanks to God that no one was killed and praised the citizens for not turning a blind eye but instead helping to get the injured to safety.
He insisted that everyone’s life counts, no matter their social standing.
He praised the hospital administration for putting patients’ lives first by beginning care even in the absence of payment.
To his delight, the victims were making speedy recoveries, he said.
The government, he said, would be happy to pay for hospitals’ expenses and work with them in other ways.
I wish to thank the Almighty God for sparing the lives of the victims. I’m relieved to hear that they seem to be doing well. Our plea is that they receive the best possible treatment so that they can make a full recovery as soon as possible.
This is what our government stands for: protecting those in need and making sure everyone has someone to watch out for them. For the simple reason that this is the only way to create a more ideal and wealthy Cross River State.
Otu took the occasion to restate his government’s willingness to work with other healthcare organizations toward the goal of implementing the United Nations’ Universal Health Coverage in the State.
He insisted that providing universal, low-cost healthcare is a core tenet of his administration’s strategy for success.
We, the government, have prioritized universal access to low-cost healthcare as a core tenet of forward progress. In order to realize the goal of “universal health for all,” we are diligently striving to guarantee that all of the state’s primary health care centers are in tip-top shape.
Dr. Edet Attih, the facility’s medical director, reported that the burn sufferers are responding well to therapy and have passed the most critical stage in burn management.