By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
EX-MILITANT leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has provided drugs worth millions of naira to four government hospitals in Delta State to complement Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s effort in free maternal and childcare.
He also pledged to train 50 Science teachers in the College of Education to meet the educational needs of children in the riverside areas of the state.
Executive Secretary of Tompolo Foundation, Warri, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo, said while handing over the drugs: 50 cartons of Paracetamol, 50 cartons of multivitamins, 50 cartons of vitamin C, 50 cartons of Nomalin cough syrups, 50 cartons of B complex and 65 pieces of bed sheets, that the charity organizations would reach out to more government hospitals.
The four health institutions that benefitted from the gesture are General Hospitals, Ekpan, Warri, Ogbe-Ijoh and Ugbokodo Primary Health Centre.
According to Bebenimibo, “We are here today to affect lives, no matter how small these drugs maybe, we are confident it will help to save children’s lives, children are the leaders of tomorrow.”
Also speaking, Director of Health, Tompolo Foundation, Dr. Clarkson Agagha, noted, “We know that children are prone to various illness during the rainy season, so we acted quickly to get the drugs to help in complementing the government efforts of free maternal and child care.”
Receiving the drugs, Chief Medical Director, General Hospital, Ekpan, Dr. Vincent Oziga, said,
“On behalf of the State government and health ministry, we say a very big thank you for this uncommon gesture and remembering the children. These drugs will go a long way to assisting us, we will put them to effective use.”
At Government Hospital, Warri, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Raphael Onyemekeihia, asserted, “We appreciate you on what you have done, we will put the drugs into judicious use. We have not seen this kind gesture before.”
In General Hospital Ogbe-Ijoh, Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Augustine Emeije, remarked, “We are indeed grateful to Tompolo Foundation, the drugs will go a long way in assisting the government free health care project. We thank High Chief Tompolo for remembering his people and the common person.”
A patient in General Hospital, Ekpan, Mrs. Jite Omenesan, expressed joy at the quantum of drugs donated and offered prayers for Tompolo Foundation.