Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba
Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, has reiterated the commitment of the Okowa administration to provision of accessible, affordable, and efficient and quality healthcare for the citizens of the state in line with the administration’s SMART Agenda.
Azinge gave the assurance at the while flagging off a free medical programme for residents of Asaba and environs organized by group of medical students from Georgia State University in collaboration with the Dr. Isioma Okobah foundation.
He commended the medical students and the founder of Isioma Okobah foundation, Dr. Mrs. Isioma Okobah, for the initiative saying that the gesture was significantly complementing the efforts of state government in promoting Universal Healthcare for the people.
Earlier the facilitator of the free medical programme, Dr (Mrs) Isioma
Okobah, disclosed that the Isioma Okobah Foundation has remained
committed to providing free health services to rural communities in
Delta State since 2007.
While thanking the Delta State Government for partnering with them, she explained that the programme involves examination and diagnosing of ailments by medical doctors and provision of free medications and eye glasses to persons with various health challenges.
The president of the medical students making a difference and leader of the delegation, Miss Kyla Okobah and some members of her team commended the large turn out and enjoined Deltans to take advantage of the free medical services.
In a related development, over 2,000 indigenes of lgbodo and adjourning rural communities in Ika North East local government area over the weekend benefited from the ongoing free medical programme organized by the Isioma Okobah foundation in collaboration with a team of Doctors and medical students from the Georgia State University Atlanta Georgia, USA.
Beneficiaries of the free-medical programme included elderly men, Pregnant women, children and other persons with various health challenges.
Dr. (Mrs) Okobah, who addressed the participants earlier, encouraged the people to be free to explain all issues relating to their health conditions, assuring them of sufficient medication to meet their requirements.
The participants were examined by doctors and provided with drugs to cure their ailments free of charge while persons with visual challenges also received free eye glasses where necessary.
Some of the beneficiaries said the medical programme was a big relief to them, saying the presentation of free medication from the doctors was the best thing to have happened to them this season, praying for the initiator of the programme and the medical team.
During the programme, participants were diagnosed and given medication
for ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, lower back pain, constant headache and sleeplessness, among others.
Highlight of the programme was the Demonstration of Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in an emergency situation by the students and Health Commissioner while the people were screened for common ailments like hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, pains and provided free eye glasses and health education.