A 43 year old unemployed graduate of Business Administration from the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Mr Robert Jimmy has cried out to Governor Udom Emmanuel to come to his aid.
Jimmy who is currently admitted at the University of Uyo Teaching hospital (UUTH) with file number 494094, a native of Okwonsit in Nsit Ibom local government council of the state was on October 20th, 2020 diagnosed with an end stage renal failure.
Speaking with some journalists that visited him in the hospital in Uyo, the father of two said he graduated over seven years ago, and was until his health failure supporting his family as a taxi driver.
In a letter titled “REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE” addressed to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Jimmy said the bill was beyond him and his family’s ability to handle “Your Excellency, I have been on thrice weekly hemodialysis which cost about N25,000 per session and seventy five thousand naira (N75,000) per week.
“The definitive treatment of this condition is a renal transplant estimated to cost about twelve million naira (N12,000,000) or more, depending on the center.
Confirming the claims, the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, in a letter addressed to Governor Udom Emmanuel dated December 21, 2020, signed by Dr Aniema Udo, a Consultant Nephrologist on behalf of the hospital confirmed that the cost of treatment was far beyond the patient and his family.
On her part, the 33 year old wife of Jimmy and mother of two tender children, Mrs Lydia Jimmy said the health status of her husband has negatively affected the wellbeing of the family, especially the children as money spent on weekly dialysis has impacted on their feeding, care and education.
She appealed to the wife of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs Marth Udom Emmanuel, to come to her aid by assisting her husband to be restored to good health.
“The sickness now controls us because our lives are regulated by the crisis. Each time he has a breakdown, we must all rush to the hospital and raise N75,000 every week for dialysis. It has not been easy, but anytime we skip, the result is always life-threatening”. she said
Mrs Jimmy who is also an unemployed graduate of Bio-chemistry as well called on public spirited individuals to assist to enable the family continue to meet up with the required number of weekly dialysis and for the transplant.
Jimmy could be reached with phone numbers 08033664086, 07035301200 and supported through account number 1003698047 Zenith Bank ( Jimmy, Robert I.).