A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), “05 Initiative”, said on Thursday that it had performed more than 1,000 surgeries in the ongoing statewide free medicare programme.
The founder of the NGO and wife of Delta Governor, Mrs Edith Okowa, disclosed this during the launch free medicare programme in Warri South Local Government Area.
Mrs Okowa said that the organisation was committed to the general well-being of the people and urged them to show love to one and another.
Also speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Onoye, said that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa had ordered that Central Hospital, Warri, be connected to the 33 KVA line to address the electricity challenge at the hospital.
Onoye also said that widows and pregnant women in the state were to enjoy free medical treatment.
According to him, contracts have been awarded for the construction of hostels at the state School of Nursing, Warri, as well as some health centres in Warri South Local Government Area.’’
In his address of welcome, the Chairman, Warri South Local Government Area, Mr Michael Tidi, commended the governor’s wife for her foresight toward the well-being of the people.
Tidi urged other wealthy individuals and organisations in the state to emulate the “05 Initiative” with a view to moving the state forward.
“05 Initiative is poised to redefine healthcare services in Delta. I urge well-meaning individuals and organisations to emulate the governor’s wife,’’ Tidi said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that programme that would afford residents of Warri South the opportunity to enjoy screening and treatment of malaria.
The treatment also covers screening for diabetes, hypertension, Higher Immune Virus (HIV), surgery for cataract as well as de-worming, health talks among others.