The Chief of Staff to Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Mr Taiwo Akerele, has urged medical doctors to do all in their capacity to save five-year old Martins Denisson from dying of severe burns.
Akerele made the call in Benin on Monday when he visited the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where the boy is receiving treatment.
“We must do all to ensure the survival of this child. The victim was rescued from fire about a week ago while the parents were out of the house.
Akerele said the Obaseki-led government placed high premium on the life of every citizen.
He said it was based on this that the government decided to offer financial support for the treatment of the victim.
Dr Philip Osho, one of the medical doctors treating the victim, identified financial constraint as the major challenge against proper medical care of the boy.
He said the child has missed some doses of the anti-biotic treatment he had been placed on over inability of the parents to pay.
Mrs Sofia Denisson, the boy’s mother, appreciated the kind gesture of the Edo Government. She said she had lost one child to the fire.
The incident occurred at Ijorbgo Street in Upper Sokponba Road, Benin penultimate Sunday.
This followed an inferno that razed down a bungalow in which Denisson’s elder brother died.
The victim was said to have been locked inside a room with his elder brother by their father who was said to have gone out.
Mrs Denisson, a pap seller, was said to have gone to a nearby market to buy corn for the next day’s business.
She was said to have gone out with her five months old girl, leaving the boys in the care of their father.