Meet Zeal Akaraiwai, the man paying people's hospital bills for free in Nigeria

Meet Zeal Akaraiwai, the man paying people's hospital bills for free in Nigeria

Hospital bills tend to put people in difficult positions with some being forced to avoid healthcare altogether. This is not just a problem people in poorer countries face.

The BBC reports of Nigerian Zeal Akaraiwai who is said to be an "angel" popping up every now and then to pay people's hospital bills.

Akaraiwai is a 40-something-year-old financial consultant. He visits hospitals and interacts with managements about those who are well but cannot go home because of bills.

He calls his service, "The Angel Project" and he has paid bills of up to $400, about GHC 2000 for just a person.

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Akaraiwai told the BBC that he does not tell hospital patients that their bills are about to be paid.

Rather, he makes his attendance at hospitals seem like he is just on a tour sympathising with the sick.

The "Angel" does not keep in touch with any of the people he helps. He does not even want to be thanked but rather remembered by his beneficiaries.

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Akaraiwai pointed out that his project does not pay for the bills of those who are not ready to go home.

He however, did not disclose the number of people he is helped so far and how much that has cost.

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