… Patients Commend Foundation For The Intervention Program
Over 12 surgeries have been successfully carried out during a special free health intervention by the Jesu Marie Empowerment Foundation, JMEF, at Ekpan General Hospital in Uvwie Local Government Area.
Speaking to newsmen during the two day health intervention at the hospital, the President and founder of the foundation, Dr (Mrs) Rukevwe Ugwumba, urged non-governmental organizations involved in medical mission and the government to periodically offer free medical care to cushion the health gap occasioned by the prevailing poverty in the society.
The massive turn out at the Ekpan Central Hospital for the Jesu Marie Empowerment Foundation free health programme for two days overstretched the foundation’s envisaged medical service at the Hospital.
The over 12 successful surgeries included two Myomectomy, two emergency Cesarean sections, two Herniorrhaphy, two Fibroid, three Lump removals and a little girl with cyst on her neck.
45 years old Federation Ukpokpo who spoke to newsmen before his Herniorrhaphy operation, said the free health program gave him the opportunity to attend to his health challenge as he had battled with the pain for the past five years.
Like many others, Ukpokpo said lack of money hampered him from undergoing operation for the health condition.
Mrs. Eduvie Erivwode, an engineer who also spoke before her Fibroid operation said she had to come all the way from Abuja because of the capable health personnel with the foundation aside its being free.
One of the most challenging cases the more than ten doctors with the foundation had to grapple with was when a girl who came for the programme fainted.
The girl who was immediately resuscitated and given medical treatment, was said to have had a miscarriage a week ago and probably might have been infected.
The President of the Jesu Marie Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Rukevwe Ugumba, said majority of the population cannot afford three square meals a day talk more of medical.
Dr. Ugumba who stated that primary health prevention is the way to go in health delivery, advocated strongly for NGO’s and government to at least in a month carryout free health care.
The Zonal Medical Director, Ekpan General Hospital, Dr. Inege Lucky, a community leader in Ekpan and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomiewo and others commended the foundation for the intervention.