A former Osun Deputy Governor, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, spent the early hours of the New Year day, visiting wards of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, and paying bills of patients, totalling N2 million.
Speaking on the gesture, Omisore said that nobody wished to be on the hospital bed on a glorious day like the day marking the beginning of the year.
“I’m doing this for those who are hospitalised and are certified fit to go home but who cannot because they have bills to settle.
“These people have loved ones to be at home with, enjoying rice, pounded yam, meat, chicken, fish and gush it down with drinks but they cannot because of the bills they have to settle,” he said.
Omisore said that this was why he had to show love, affection and empathy towards them.
“I want to appreciate the management of this world-class hospital for their service to humanity, as diverse people across the country are receiving health care from the facility.
“In all, 11 patients were discharged, with about N2 million paid,” he said.
In his reaction, the Chief Medical Director of OAUTH, Prof. Victor Adetiloye, commended Omisore for coming to the aid of patients on an annual basis.
He said that the entire hospital community was always happy with the philanthropy of the former Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation.
“Omisore facilitated the construction of some of the modern buildings we have in this hospital.
“He is not doing this for ego boosting, as we have many other affluent persons in the community who can do same. Rather, he is doing so for humanity and based on his compassion,” he said.
Adetiloye urged people not to entertain any fear when visiting the hospital, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.