ODE ITSEKIRI—AN  Itsekiri socio-cultural organization based in United Kingdom, Ugbajo Itsekiri, converged at Ode-Itsekiri, Delta State, recently, to rejoice with the 20th Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, on his one year anniversary, where they  also provided health initiatives to riverine and upland residents in Warri.

The group of UK-based health professionals and local volunteers, which engages in charity activities, promoting and supporting access to health care and education visited Usele, Aja-Igba, Inorin, Orugbo, Ugbodede, Ikpisan, Aja-Dediare communities.

Left, Mejebi Eyewuoma (Trustees secretary) interviewing a cataract patient

President of the Ugbajo Itsekiri UK, Mr. Julius Temisanren, said:   “We are proud of what we have been doing in the last five years and our focus has been on educating our people in achieving a healthy lifestyle and avoid problems with common ailments such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity and all the associated complications.”

A pharmacist counselling a patient

“We believe a healthy nation is a wealthy one and we want to support the monarch in his effort to establish a wealthy Itsekiri nation. Our mission as a registered United Kingdom aid organization is to enhance the quality of life within our local Itsekiri communities anywhere in the world, particularly in the United Kingdom and Nigeria by supporting initiatives that improve access to healthcare and educational opportunities,” he said.

Vice President of the association, Ms. Dereen Edema, disclosed that there are plans to set up a monthly follow-up clinic in Ode-Itsekiri that will allow doctors to review treatments and provide essential drugs for continuity of care.

On a boat to Ode-Itsekiri

Top health administrator in the state, Chief (Dr) Mrs. Caroline Ajuyah, who chaired the coronation anniversary health committee, was full of praise and gratitude to the group for their charity activities and urged other organizations to follow its footstep in their communities.

Director of Operations of the charity trustees, Barr Dere Awala, was pleased that as many as 11 individuals with cataracts were identified, last year, and will benefit from the group’s CatEye project, which supports individuals with the cataract procedure to restore sight.

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