Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Sunday paid the hospital bills of 25 indigent patients at Holy Rosary Hospital, Waterside, Onitsha.
The governor, who visited the hospital as part of his Easter celebration, also spent time interacting with the sick.
He eventually settled the bills of 10 discharged indigent patients, who were not allowed to go home because they could not settle their bills at the hospital.
He also settled the bills of 15 women that were delivered of new born babies in the hospital.
The governor said beyond the Easter celebration, the gesture was a way of identifying with the people and letting them know that the governor felt for them at all times.
One of the beneficiaries from the governor’s gesture, Sgt. Kevin Osai, thanked the governor for his commitment to the welfare of the ordinary people.
Meanwhile, the state government is to establish rural maternity centres in partnership with the church.
Obi disclosed this on Sunday while laying the foundation stone of an ultra-modern pharmacy and diagnostic centre at Holy Rosary Specialist Hospital and Maternity, Waterside, Onitsha.
The governor, who also presented a cheque of N10m to support the project, said the state government was expanding its collaboration with the church by initiating more projects.
He described the maternity centres as part of initiatives to scale up interventions towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.