Wife of Delta Governor and founder, O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa has urged politicians in Patani/Bomadi Federal Constituency to rally their constituents with eye challenges for the ongoing Free Medical Outreach holding at Bomadi General Hospital, Bomadi.
The governor’s wife who made this call Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at the flag-off of Five Days Free Medical Outreach for residents of the constituency, urged the elites and leaders in the various communities to see the free eye care intervention as genuine benefits for their people.
“Beam your searchlights into your communities, look for everyone with visual impairment and bring them because if after these five days, you still have any blind person in your community, you will be held responsible”.
Speaking further, Dame Okowa cautioned that the state government is ready to bring to book, medical personnel who deprive vulnerable indigenes of medical care.
She charged the indigenes to report to the appropriate quarters “if doctors or nurses do not come to the hospital.
“Put your feet on the ground and ensure that you get the needed medical services. The Governor cannot be everywhere at the same time and so you need to serve as the watchdogs of the government”.
She emphasized that a lot of efforts had gone into upgrading existing government hospitals in the state and that it would be disappointing if the facilities are not maintained or the professionals deny the people of the needed care.
“The last time I was here at General hospital, Bomadi, I was not happy with the state of the hospital and since then, I have deliberately pressured the Commissioner for Health and other relevant stakeholders to make sure that there are improved changes.
“I am very happy today that they heeded to my pleas and the hospital is in a better shape. But it doesn’t end there as all hands need be on deck to maintain the facilities and make use of them”.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye expressed the ministry’s commitment to supporting the activities of the Initiative.
The Chairman, Bomadi Local Government Area, Hon William Angadi in his vote of thanks affirmed that a lot of persons from the community had benefited from the activities of the First Lady and pledged continuos support.
The Coordinator, Restore Sight Africa Initiative Dr Ernest Ogbedo whose initiative is partnering with the O5 Initiative said plans were in place to examine the eyes of sickle cell warriors.
In his words, “As those living with sickle cell disorder are being enabled to live longer, it is important we help them stay healthy”.