No fewer than 6,000 persons benefited from a 5-day free medical outreach, organised by a non-governmental organisation, “I Volunteer to Inspire and Empower (I-VIE)’’, in Awka, Anambra.
The founder of I-VIE, Mr Vincent Igwe told newsmen at the close of the exercise that the gesture was aimed at impacting positively on lives of the under-privileged people.
“It is a way of repaying the favour I received in 2015, when I had accident and was offered free medical services by an unknown woman,
“It also focused on creating awareness on the benefit of proper hygiene, best practices in health management and the need for routine check-up,’’ Igwe said.
Igwe said he had carried out two medical outreaches between 2016 and 2017 in Obiakpo Local Government Area of Rivers State, after the accident that almost claimed his life.
He, then, explained that Awka was chosen for the 2018 medical outreach following Gov. Willie Obiano’s visit to Rivers State to solicit the support and investment of Anambra people in the state.
Igwe, who said the foundation planned to increase the number of beneficiaries by 2019, added that the next medical outreach would incorporate surgery.
In a remark, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike, said government was committed to uplifting health facilities in the state.
Akabuike commended Igwe for sponsoring the outreach and expressed optimism that the people would benefit from basic medical services that the programme offered.
The Head of the medical team, Dr Chukwuka Onwubuiko noted that diabetes, arthritis and waist pain were prevalent ailments treated during the exercise.
“The programme focuses primarily on screening and treatment of high blood pressure, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis B and C, arthritis, blood sugar, typhoid, body mass index screening and vitamin deficiencies.
“Dental and optical services were also offered to the people by physicians.
“However, the team offered advice on the best daily practices that the people can adopt for healthier living,” he said. (MOI)