Bayelsa Times

Delta Governor’s wife prays to see her legacies consolidated

With less than 12 months to the end of their administration, wife of th Delta  Governor, Dame Edith Okowa has expressed desire to see her legacies consolidated after her exit.

Dame Okowa stated this on Tuesday while inaugurating the 21st sickle cell clinic at the General Hospital, Ozoro, headquarter of Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.

She said, “the person coming after me may not have a passion for sickle cell.

“But I beg you all in the name of God to ensure that this legacy lives on, own this vision and let this facility be maintained so that it lives on to achieve the aim of it’s establishment”, she pleaded.

In 2015, the wife of the Governor had made a promise to establish 25 sickle cell clinics across the 25 local government areas of the state.

In seven years, with less than a year left to the end of their second administration, she has inaugurated 21 clinics, with a referral centre at the state capital.

Dame Okowa also said that in order to ensure the sickle cell warriors get their treatments as intended, warned that serious checks and balances would be employed to see that the doctors on duty deliver.

“As a retired teacher, the same way I am concerned about teachers carrying out their duties, is how I am concerned about health workers delivering on their duties.

“We are going to leave a phone number behind so that if patients come and there is no one to attend to them, they can easily reach us and raise an alarm.

“When the report gets to us, we then know what to do to the offenders.

“I beg again, please don’t let anyone rubbish this clinic, it must work for future generations”, she appealed.

The governor’s wife at the same time flagged off another five- day free medical outreach for the Isoko Federal Constituency in Ozoro.

Dame Okowa who is founder of the ”O5 Initiative” urged political office holders and all those in privileged positions to ensure that they bring their people to access the free medical care at Isoko Federal Constituency.

The Isoko Federal  constituency is the seventh to be visited in three months with free eye care and general body check up, including free cervical cancer screening.

Within these three months, close to 8000 persons have benefitted, with over 1,000 surgeries carried out, close to 5,000 prescription glasses dispensed and close to 3,000 eye drops administered.

On his part, the Coordinator, Restore Sight Africa Initiative and Chief Ophthalmologist of the group, Dr Ernest Ogbedo, described the increasing number of eyes challenges as an ”Iceberg Phenomenon”.

“The reason there is no decline in the number of blind cases in the state yet is because the people we see are only 10 per cent representation of the entire group.

“A lot of persons are unreached and that is why we keep pleading with our leaders to ensure that the unreached are reached to access this free medical care”.

The state Commissioner for Ministry of Health, Dr Mordi Ononye commended the activities of the first lady while pledging the ministry’s continued support.

The commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Ejiro Ogheneaga.

Also, the Chairmen, Isoko North and South Local Government Councils, Mr Christian Othuke and Mr Victor Osasa
in a group vote of thanks, appreciated Her Excellency for bringing help to their people right on their door step.

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