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Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade has donated N1 million and other gift items to the management of the General Hospital Calabar for the upkeep of the prison inmate who gave birth to twins at the hospital on Thursday, April 18.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, who represented the governor on Saturday in Calabar that the gesture was a special Easter gift to the mother of the twins; a boy and girl.
Governor Ayade in his Easter message noted that in the spirit of the season, `the beautiful babies deserve love and care’.
In line with his welfare policy and love for children, the twins were named after him and his wife, Ben and Linda Ayade.
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The commissioner further revealed that the mother of the twins, who delivered the babies through caesarian operation is not in the hospital because she had been referred her to a higher facility for further medical attention.
“We have these two beautiful babies here with us. We will be following them up regularly and today we are here to present a special gift for their upkeep. We are donating a cash amount of N1 million and these items to the hospital to help in the management of these children until the mother is well, safe and sound.
“Further, we are going to have discussions with the prison authority to know the next step in what to do. But as we speak, the state government is handling the care of the children because we care and we are in the season of Easter.”
While noting that the governor has executive powers, she said the state government will work with the social welfare unit to try and see the extent of the crime and know if the mother can be pardoned because of the two beautiful children.
Responding, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Etim Ayi, commended the state government for its magnanimity, love and care for the inmate.