By Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru
No fewer than14,000 people have benefited from the free medical outreach organised by the member representing Ehime Mbano/Ihitte Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency of Imo State, Rep John Chike Okafor.
Okafor and members of the medical outreach speaking with one of the beneficiaries Out of the number, 511 benefitted from surgery of different kinds which include undescended testes, hydrocele, hernia, fibroid and ovarian cyst, while about 8,000 benefitted from eye glasses.
Many indigent pregnant women from the constituency also benefitted as some of them were delivered of their babies at different centres of the exercise without going the rigour of looking for money to go to hospitals.
The free program according to Okafor who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health Services, the exercise was in fulfilment of his campaign promises to his peopl.
Okafor said “the essence of representation in whatever capacity especially in government is about dedication to the cause of bringing the benefits of government and governance down to the ones whose mandate is being carried by ensuring that key developmental projects are attracted from various sources”.
He went on: “The essence of holding political office is to bring development to the constituency. Anything short of that is a disservice to the people. So if I understand that very well, then that summarises it.
“I will widen spectrum and search for developmental dividends and bring them home. As a person, I have identified a couple of things that would add value to the lives of my people in Okigwe South.”
The lawmaker has also been paying the West African Examination Council, WAEC, National Examination Council, NECO, and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and University Tertiary Matriculations Exams, UTME, fees for over 150 indigent students drawn from various secondary schools in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo.
Speaking at the month long free medical outreach, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale, disclosed that the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, will soon begin the construction of its South East zonal headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in its effort to bring closer to the people quality and reliable healthcare delivery to the people.
Present at the occasion were wife of the Imo State governor, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who was represented by Hon. Darlington Nwokocha representing Isiala Ngwa North and South, Prof. Jibrilu Yusuf, Chief Executive of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), among others.