By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABAVOâ€”NO fewer thanÂ one thousand persons suffering from various ailments were treated free in Abavo, Delta State, atÂ the flag off of the free rural health programme organised by Delta Doctors inÂ Diaspora (DDD).
Beneficiaries include those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, pains andÂ visually impaired persons who were subjected to thorough medical checks and presented with assorted medications and reading glasses.
Speaking at theÂ flag off ceremony, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Martin Okonta, called on corporate organisations and philanthropic groups to key into the developmental vision of the state government by initiating projects with direct bearing on the lives of the people.
Okonta emphasised the need for the adoption of a well defined multi-dimensional approach by stakeholders towards the speedy development of the state, adding that there was urgent need for the organised private sector to partner with the state government in its determination to hasten the pace of development of the state.
According to him, other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should emulate Delta Doctors in Diapora in initiating such free health care programme.
President of the Atlanta, Georgia, USA-based NGO, Dr. (Mrs) Isioma Okobah, told the rural dwellers that free health programme was the groupâ€™s own way of giving back to the society.
She explained that the ultimate goal of the group was to partner with the state government in efforts to build a healthier Delta State.
Dr. Okobah remarked that the group had provided drugs and free medical programme for more than three years now, assuring that the group would not relent in this direction.
She said the group was formed out of the desire to give back to the society, particularly in the area of health, stressing that the vision and mission of the group was to build a healthier Delta State by complimenting the laudable objectives of Delta State government in the health sector.