By Joseph Ibata
In line with the International Day of Charity 2021, Wife of Delta Governor, Dame Edith Okowa and her O5 Initiative Foundation, have relieved 28 stranded patients of their debts owed for various medical treatments received at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba and Asaba Specialist Hospital, Asaba.
Payment of hospital bills for indigent patients which has been a tradition during the Charity Day celebration since the inception of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, has positively affected hundreds of lives and seen several millions of naira donated by O5 Initiative.
Presenting Cheques to officials of the two medical facilities at her office on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Dame Okowa noted that, the gift of life is not what should be taken for granted and appreciated partners of O5 Initiative for seeing that its mandate of reaching the sick and vulnerable, is sustained.
She prayed for an end to the global Covid-19 pandemic to enable her visit and interface with the patients.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Chief Medical Director, CMD, FMC Asaba, represented by the Deputy Medical Director, Dr Emmanuel Ezunu, commended Dame Okowa for always taken off the burden every year from indigent patients.
The Chief Medical Director, CMD, Asaba Specialist Hospital, ASH, Dr Peace Ighosoewe, Consultants and top management staff of both medical facilities were present at the event.
Focal Persons of the O5 Initiative led by the DG, Mrs Oghenekevwe Agas, female political appointees and wives of serving government officials were also present.
This year’s payment which stood at N7, 851, 000 (Seven Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty-One Thousand Naira) was part of Charity donated to underprivileged persons in the state by Wife of the Governor and O5 Initiative in celebration of this year’s International Day of Charity.
Recall that on September 5, over 500 dwellers of Obioma Camp in Illah Community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state, benefitted from the pool of food items, clothes and household essentials.