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Isioma Okobah: Beyond the love of the stethoscope

AFTER several years of residing in the United States of America, Dr. Isioma Okobah, medical practitioner, philanthropist, and humanist, a woman of many parts.returned to her homeland, to attend to pressing pre-occupations bordering on the health of the people.

On a recent trip to her  homeland in Delta State, she made a lasting impression on the psyche of the local populace when she singke-handedly took over a protracted case of physical disability, involving a married coupleinvolved in a vehicle accident!

As a medical the doctor, who enjoys an emotive bond with the stethoscope, she donated two wheel chairs to the crippled couple.

It was a gesture that instantly endered her, not because an abandoned couple had resigned themselves to the cold finality of their physical condition, and probably, not because the medical doctor had instinctively behaved according to the logic of the philanthropic spirit, but, maybe still, because, such gestures fundamentally relate to a social context, in which the aspirations and dreams of individuals and social groups are rarely subjected to such bold affirmation!

Okobah represents a compelling exception, given the visibility and predictable metal routine of the medical profession. As a physician, the soft-spoken, rather shy and unobtrusive professional goes through the routine grill of helping and giving succour to the sick, but that grill is surprisingly commonplace and academic to the doctor, if it forecloses a primeval desire in her to help the oppressed and weak.

Such post-script to a definite professional brief is rarely re-articulated through repeated gestures of selflessness, self-denial, public-spirited belief in the humanity of others, and above all, a fundamental inclination to uplift the needy not because of the institutional and political allure of advertised philanthropy!

She has traversed the length and breadth of Delta State, attending to practical cases of disability, deprivation and other forms of defects, afflicting humanity, and numerous health institutions, establishments, as well as the medically impaired, have benefited from

Okobah’s ubiquitous public spiritedness, but the donation of two wheel chairs exceeded the norm!.

The gesture can be represented as having exceeded standard practice, not solely on the ground that the handicapped couple found the physician something of a phenomenon, but principally, because the gesture precisely reduced the couple’s personal sentimental expectations of assistance from others, to a nullity!.

Okobah promptly educated the world about the psychological possibilities of relying on assistance that probably will roll not come, or depending on undependable prospects.

The handicapped couple’s personal reaction was touching. Husband and wife felt wistfully that what government could not do for them or simply, what people could not do for them, had been decisively taken care of by a woman, who they described in the humble and unpretentious ,language of a genuinely deprived humanity.

The spectacle of such boundless philanthropy exhibited by Okobah, speaks volumes for the gradual, but progressive visibility of a generation uniquely endowed with the capacity to affect lives and material conditions of individuals and groups singularly involved in a common, yet arduously exceptional responsibility to eke out a living in a social economy afflicted by a plethora of problems.


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