Boon for Patient as Nurses Offset Bill to Mark Day

By Michael Nnebife

The medical bill of a lucky patient at Regina Caeli Specialist Hospital, Awka, was on Friday, 12th May, 2023, paid by the nurses working with the hospital as they joined their colleagues, world over, to mark the 2023 International Day for Nurses.

The Matron of the hospital, Mrs Ujunwa Ezeobi, who disclosed this while speaking with the press in her office, said, the nurses also visited all the patients in the hospital with different gift items such as baby wear, fruits, among others, to show love and make the patients happy.

The matron said, ‘We celebrate to remember ourselves, the happiness we gain, and the joy we send out to our patients, especially those of them here in Regina because they are our pride.

‘We were able to discharge a patient today through our monetary contribution; we paid her bill with a total of N36, 000.

‘Now, we are moving to different wards with gift items for all our patients to show them love and make them happy, for they are our pride,’ Mrs Ezeobi noted.

She described nurses as beautiful angels and people with a high sense of empathy, love and care.

While appreciating the Management of Regina Caeli Specialist Hospital for good welfare packages for the workers, the matron appealed to the government and hospital owners in the country to bring up a budgetary allocation for the health system to be at par with the needs and services the system rendered to humanity.

She added that this, if done, would go the extra mile to motivate nurses to work harder and put in their best.

In his congratulatory message to the nurses, the Assistant Manager, Regina Caeli Specialist Hospital, Rev Fr David Arinze Okonkwo, extolled the Regina Caeli nurses, saying they were ‘those putting up the track records and the marvelous things heard about the hospital.’

The hospital assistant manager, who spoke in a press interview, noted with satisfaction that the Regina Caeli nurses were working hard and taking every chance and opportunity to serve humanity to their best ability.’

He emphasized that the position of nurses in the health system was very pivotal as they were the segment that carried the burden of health challenges of the patients.

While encouraging them to keep up the tempo of their good service to humanity as co-helpers in reinstating and sustaining human life, Rev Fr Okonkwo advised the nurses never to forget that their reward was found in the satisfaction of their work well done.

Also, in interview with the press, some of the visibly excited nurses, including the Chief Nursing Officer in charge of Accident and Emergency, Regina Caeli Specialist Hospital, Chief Ofodile Anwusi, said the day was slated globally to celebrate not only the nurses, but also the patients.

In their separate reactions, the patients, Mrs Chidimma Chibuzor and Mrs Sylvia Agummadu, among others, who could not hold their excitement on receiving various gifts from the nurses, thanked the nurses, praying God to reward and continue to strengthening them for the good services they rendered to the patients.