Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism, VSF, has given N140 million to seven hospitals in the troubled Northeastern region to subsidize the medical bills of victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The seven hospitals are the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, Specialist Hospital Maiduguri, Specialist Hospital Damaturu, Federal Medical Centre Gombe, Specialist Hospital Gombe, Federal Medical Centre Yola and Specialist Hospital Yola.
Presenting the cheque of N20 million each to two benefitting hospitals in Borno State, the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Specialist Hospital Maiduguri, the Executive Director of the foundation, Professor Sunday Ochoche, said it became imperative to give out the assistance because so much debt was incurred in the treatment of victims of the insurgents.
Ochoche explained that no single organisation can meet the huge needs of the region and called on all Nigerians to assist the troubled region.
Ochoche, who signed a memorandum of understanding with the two institutions, said the Victims Support Fund realised that it has to assist in offsetting the heavy medical bills of the victims of the insurgency.
He noted that the N20 million donation to each of the hospitals was a drop of water in the large ocean of medical bills procured by the victims.
“We just want to show that we are with them, promising that it is not the final support to the hospitals.”
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Alhaji Ahmed Sanda, while the Chief Medical Director of UMTH, Professor Abdulrahman Tahir, collected for his hospital.
Both Sanda and Tahir while expressing gratitude to the foundation, insisted that so much debt has been incurred in taking care of the victims of the insurgency and sought for additional assistance.
Tahir complained that over N150 million was incurred in the treatment of the victims by the UMTH and that some of the institution’s facilities are down because they have been overstretched.

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