A 57-year-old man who was allegedly maimed by suso herdsmen in Odiguetue Community, Ovia North-East Local Government of Edo State is bedridden.
Izete Jeremiah was reportedly shot in his mouth by gunmen on April 7, 2022 and taken at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where he currently battling for his life and neither eat with his mouth nor speak.
Speaking with newsmen, Mrs Mabelle Jeremiah wife of the wounded farmer, appealed to the State government and kindhearted individuals for financial support to undergo surgery after the ailment has drained their family purse.
She said her husband now rely on a pipe to eat through his nose since the hoodlums invaded the Community and rendered several rural dwellers in the locality homeless.
“We have been at the hospital since April 7. My husband can’t speak and eat, except through the nose with the aid of the pipe. We have spent all our savings and even borrowed. We don’t have money now; even the drugs they gave us were bought by relatives of patients through contributions”.
“We have spent over N500,000 excluding hospital bill, now he has to undergo surgery on the damage jaw so that he can eat and talk and they need over N800,000.”
“So, to buy the artificial jaw plate is about N500,000; they haven’t told us the cost of the surgery, and we still have a hospital bill to pay. We need help from well-meaning individuals to be able to carry out the surgery. ”
“I am also calling on governor Godwin Obaseki to come to our aid so that my husband can get well and take care of his family. Things have been very difficult for us, ” she said.
A Matron in charge of the Ward where Jeremiah is receiving treatment at the UBTH also corroborated the claims of Mrs. Jeremiah when our reporter visited the health facility.
The Matron who didn’t want to be mentioned in print, alleged that the patients are soliciting for funds to buy the jaw plate as well as funds for surgery.
According to her, “The patients is owing almost N350,000 hospital bill. But what we need now is the money to buy a jaw plate, which is N446,000.
“Also, they need money for the surgery and drugs so that the surgery can commence for him to be able to speak and eat”, she said.
File: Featured photograph of Uroho Community in Benin protesting an alleged murder of an elder by gunmen.