ByÂ Chioma Obinna
Lagos – Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF), has petitioned the Imo State Governor over what it described as â€˜unnecessary delayâ€™ in the release of N3.6 million approved by the State Governor for a heart summit it held in partnership with the State last year, even as it called on State governments across the country to stop paying lip service to issues concerning health.
In a chat with newsmen yesterday in Lagos, the Coordinator of KHF, Deacon Onyebuchi Abia, disclosed that the Imo State Government was owing the Foundation N3.6 million and lamented that all efforts to get the money had yielded no result.
According to him, the said debt was incurred during a Heart summit it had with the state government sometime in October 2008 at which about 45 indigenes of the State were discovered to have heart problems.
Deacon Abia who regretted that heart disease is assuming epidermic proportionÂ said inspite of the fact that the state governor had approved the money long ago, the Foundation is yet to receive a dime.
The Coordinator who stated that the foundation has written so many letters to the state government alleged that most of the patients who were discovered during the summit are dying due to lack of funds for their treatment abroad.