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The annual outreach programme by journalists from the News and Current Affairs Department of Radio Nigeria’s Harmony FM, Idofian in Kwara came with mixed feelings this year as three of the patients earmarked to benefit from the financial assistance passed on before payment.

 The deceased patients were among the over 40 indigent patients of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH)penned down to receive various sums of money when the journalists visited the hospital at the weekend.

The General Manager, Harmony FM Idofian, Alhaji Abdulmualiy Adegboyega, disclosed this shortly after the presentation of financial assistance to the beneficiaries, explaining that the journalists were able to reach out to 38 indigent patients in the hospital.

Represented by the Head of News and Current Affairs Department of the radio station, Mrs Rasheedat Iliyas, the general manager said the outreach was the fifth of its kind by the news staff of the station.

Adegboyega explained that the annual outreach had afforded the department the ability to extend philanthropic gestures and also show compassion to the needy and impact lives.

He said the outreach had extended support to prison inmates, less privileged homes and leprosy home in the state in the last five years.

The Head of Department Nursing Department, Mrs Ajide Oluwakemi, represented by her Deputy, Mrs Adewunmi Omolora, commended the gesture, saying it will go a long way in bringing relieve to the beneficiaries.

She urged other good spirited individuals and corporate agencies to emulate Harmony FM.