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Barr. Uju Ohanenye (by the left, standing) is seen visiting the victim of a gas cylinder explosion.

Why I Decided to Mark First Day with Women and Children in Hospital- Minister Uju Kennedy Ohanenye

In partial fulfilment of her policy thrust, the Hon Minister of Women Affairs, Barr Uju Kennedy Ohanenye has stated that her visit to the National Hospital Abuja on her first day in office was deliberately arranged to sustain her philanthropic drives towards providing succour to the less privileged in the society.

Accompanied by the Chief Medical Director, Associate Professor, Raji Mahmud and the Hospital Public Relations Officer, Dr. Tayo Haastrup and other members of the management team, the Honorable Minister stated that “prior to my appointment as Minister for Women Affairs, it had been a regular practice in the last 5 years to visit the National Hospital to identify with indigent Nigerians who cannot afford their hospital bills”.

She added that part of her vision is to improve the well-being of Nigerian Women and Children through quality health care, skill acquisition programs and others in line with the policy focus of Mr. President on renewed hope for Nigerians. .

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During the visit, Barr. Uju Ohanenye paid hospital bills for a victim of a domestic gas cylinder explosion who was hospitalized since May this year, a 2-month-old baby who underwent hernia surgery and other patients with various medical issues. She promised to use part of her first salary as a Minister to write off the bills of the gas explosion victim.

Responding, the Chief Medical Director, described her visit as unprecedented in the history of the National Hospital for a Minister for Women Affairs to come to the aid of indigent patients on the first day in office and thanked the Honorable Minister for remaining steadfast in helping the needy in the society.

Before leaving the hospital, the Honorable Minister pledged to make frequent visits to the National Hospital and other health institutions across the country as part of her plans to provide quality health care for Women and Children.