By Festus Ahon
ASABA—NO fewer than 400 elderly persons have benefited from a one-day free medical care programme of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Asaba Diocese, Delta State.
The programme is part of preparations for the 2016 Asaba Diocesan Elderly People’s Week, tagged Serving God through elderly people, set to begin on September 26.
Briefing newsmen at Akwukwu Igbo, venue for the free medicare exercise, the Outreach Medical Coordinator, Dr. Mordi Ononye, said that about 100 medical personnel were enlisted to voluntarily render services to the elderly.
Noting that several ailments relating to old age such as hypertension, diabetes, eye problems, arthritis and even terminal diseases were what the church want to reduce, he said that the programme would be held annually so that the elderly could have longer life span.
Ononye said, “No critical case was detected, save for a case or two relating to hernia.”
Chairman of the Diocesan Elderly Care Ministry, Ezinna Okeleke, explained that the programme was not meant for only Anglicans.
Okeleke said: “We care for the elderly not only physically, but spiritually. Because not all elderly people can afford medicare, the church now sources for funds to take care of them and this help is not offered only to members of our church, but to all who come for it.”