About 5,500 indigent aged persons are to receive free medical treatment in Awka North local government area of Anambra State.
Those targeted to benefit from the free medical care, which was flagged off yesterday, were particularly diabetic patients and those suffering eye challenges.
Sponsor of the medical treatment, member representing Awka-North constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon Boniface Okonkwo, said his findings showed that there are many indigent aged persons in his area who are passing through excruciating experiences as a result of ill- health and could not go to hospitals because of their poor financial backgrounds.
He stated that in order to alleviate the pitiable situation, he had enlisted the services of about 12 medical doctors, 25 nurses and some para-medical staff, stating that at least 550 diabetics and eye patients in each of the 10 communities that make up his constituency would benefit from the medical care.
He stated that not less than 5,500 patients were targeted to benefit from the medical programme.
He named the communities in his area where the patients would be drawn from to include: Amansea, Ebenebe, Ugbenu, Ugbene, Awba Ofemili, Isuanaocha, Mgbakwu, Urum, Amanuk and Achalla.
According to Okonkwo, “As representatives of the people, our primary duties are to always bring something that will benefit the people.
“We mobilised a medical team comprising 12 medical doctors, 25 nurses and other non–health workers for this humanitarian exercise. We provided drugs, reading glasses and other working materials for surgical activities if the needs arise.
Reacting to the gesture, a chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and national secretary, Senator Victor Umeh Support Group, Chief Nchekwube Tony Dunga, commended the legislator for sponsoring the medical programme, stating that productivity in any community is usually low when the people’s health is in jeopardy.
Stating that thousands of people in the area were suffering from various health challenges but could not get any medical care due to lack of financial support, he urged other well-to-do individuals to support the government’s efforts in providing health services to people of the state.
The president general of one of the towns, Amansea Progressive Union, Chief Ozo Okonkwo, lauded free medical services.
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