By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—AWKA indigenes resident in the United States of America, USA and Canada have begun a five-day free health care programme for all villages in the town as part of their think home project for their people.
The exercise, under the Awka Union USA and Canada International Medical Mission, which is taking place in five strategic locations in Anambra State capital, is targeted at about 2000 sick people from poor families in all the villages in the town.
President General of Awka Union in Diaspora, Mr. Henry Okwuchukwu Onwumbiko, said the medical mission was the outcome of the 2015 convention of the union during which members took a decision to avail their people at home the opportunity of getting free medical services.
make it an annual event and commended Awka people for turning out in large numbers to benefit from the programme.
A member of the team, Dr. Anthony Nwobum said they decided to come and offer the free medical services because of the difficulties and deprivations their people were facing in accessing healthcare, coupled with the high cost of medical services in Nigeria.
“Our main target is to reach people who have limited access to healthcare because they do not have the resources due to their low income,” he said.
Another member of the union, Dr. Titi Uyawune expressed happiness at the opportunity provided by the exercise for her to be part of offering free health care services to her people, adding that she would always look forward for the annual event despite the cost implications.