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Founder of Oracle Business Limited Foundation, Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that the foundation expended over N50 million on the treatment of snake bite victims since inception.
He spoke when the family of Terseer Mnega, a survivor from Tarka local government area came to express gratitude for his successful treatment at the Bishop Murray Medical Centre in Makurdi.
The Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment stated that the treatment was part of the services which the foundation rendered under its three-fold agenda of redemptive, restorative and reformative commission.
He stressed that God gave him the inspiration for the foundation in 2004 as part of the Christian help ministry to cater for prison inmates, widows, orphans and the vulnerable as well as support the preaching of the gospel.
Chief Dr. Ortom, an aspirant for the governorship position in Benue State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 disclosed that it became imperative for the foundation to respond to the challenge of snake bites which persisted in a rural environment where most victims were unable to pay the expensive bills for treatment.
The aspirant stated that it cost from a few thousands to close to a million naira to treat a victim depending on the type of snake and severity of the case and expressed gratitude to God that most of those who benefited from the treatment have survived.
The Minister stated that as a result of the rampant nature of the cases the foundation retained the services of Bishop Murray Medical Centre and Rahama Hospital in Makurdi for treatment of victims from various parts of the state.
According to Chief Dr. Ortom the most spectacular case of survival has been that of Mrs. Ngufan Iorbee from Kaseyo in Guma local government area who in the course of treatment gave birth to twins and survived with the children.
Speaking earlier Mr. Mnega Yenge, father of the survivor stated that he came with his family to express appreciation to Chief Dr. Ortom for the treatment of his son who otherwise would have died because he could not have afforded the N228,000 that was spent on the treatment in February this year.