A clergyman, Mr Emma Okoro, of the Christ Ascension Church, Umuahia, has launched a free medical care for residents of Item in Bende Local Government Area of Abia.
The gesture, which had some 125 residents treated of ailments like diabetes, malaria and cancer, was carried out in partnership with Dr Ajike Eme, the Chief Medical Consultant of a private hospital in Umuahia.
Okoro told journalists in Umuahia yesterday that he received a vision from God and was told to assist the poor to live a better life.
He expressed worry at the high level of poverty in the rural areas, which he said was increasingly making the people to lose faith in God.
Okoro regretted that the political class that was meant to ameliorate the problems of the masses had proved to be a disappointment, adding that the present society seemed to have nothing good for the ordinary man.
“God is not happy as a result of the high level of poverty in the rural areas and we need to come to the rescue of these people,” the clergyman said.
Also speaking, the consultant pointed out that the exercise was just the first in the series of free treatment that the group had lined up for residents of rural areas in the state.
According to him, there is an arrangement to replicate the programme in Ohafia local government area.
Eme called on the state government to rise to its responsibilities of ensuring that the people led a healthy life and also urged other philanthropists to assist the rural poor.
Eme, who referred patients with serious ailment to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, regretted that most people in the rural areas were suffering from ailments that could have been prevented.