Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has described the contributions of former Anambra State Head of Optometry, Dr Agatha Muoka as a rare gem in the state.Dr Okpala made the commendation during the retirement ceremony of Dr Muoka in Awka.
Extolling her, he described the optometrist as hardworking, persistent, selfless and through her leadership qualities, impacted positively to the lives of many around her.
“We have learnt a lot from your relationship with us, you are one of the hardworking heads in the Ministry and you have taught us a lot through your leadership.
“Your doggedness, tenacity truly showed us a lot and I really commend you and your unflinching support to the Ministry.
“There is nothing as good as leaving a mark, a legacy, you are truly a trail blazer; optometry in the state has really changed,’’ he said.
Dr Okpala added that her efforts at ensuring that optometry thrived in the state could not be easily forgotten as it had already taken a new form.
The commissioner noted that retirement was not the end to life, urging her to brace as her wealth of knowledge would still be needed for the continued growth of optometry in the state.
“I know the new people you have handed over to will do well, we will still call on you occasionally to come and help us to maintain the tempo you commenced.’’
Dr Muoka, who was in joyful mood, noted God’s faithfulness upon her and her family throughout her tour of duty.
She commended the commissioner for his support and advice while she was in service and prayed to God to grant him the enabling grace to do more.
Dignitaries during the occasion include, Anambra Head of Service, Bar Harry Udu, Mrs Ngozi Melifonwu, a former Head of Service, and Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha as well as some Traditional Rulers from the state.