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Why we fight poverty, heart diseases – Stella Okoli, MD, Emzor

As one of  its objectives – to fight poverty – Chike Okoli Foundation,COF, a non-governmental organisation, has trained about 1,600 young people in science and spirit of entrepreneurial studies even as it announced its annual, the 6th in the series, ‘Heart and Gala’.

The theme is “Sustaining the momentum and the beat goes on”.

COF, founded by Mrs Stella Okoli,managing direction of Emzor Pharmaceutical, after the death of her son, Chike, who died of coronary artery disease,five days after his 25th birthday,is aimed at fighting poverty and diseases by encouraging entrepreneurship and calling attention to cardio vascular diseases.

In pursuit of reducing poverty in the society, the Foundation commissioned a multi-purpose ultra-modern edifice for the Chike Okoli Centre of Entrepreneurial Studies(COCES), located  in Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka.

According to Okoli,” The Foundation has reached out to over five million people across Nigeria informing them of  the growing dangers of cardiovascular diseases and how to make lifestyle interventions.

We are convinced however that larger audiences have also been reached through our heart series booklets, fliers and other information materials distributed in various hospitals and the nation,and our weekly column in some print media”.

The COF is also, in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, plans to organise this month the first edition of Grassroots Cardiovascular Health Campaign  in ten selected senior secondary schools  in the state.


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