By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Medical equipment, including Haematocrit Analyzer kits and electrophoresis machine valued at over N10 million have been donated to the 05 Initiative, the pet project of Dame Edith Okowa, wife of Delta State governor, to facilitate the execution of sickle cell projects in public health institutions in Delta State.
Making the donation at Government House, Asaba, United States- based renowned family physician and founder of Isioma Okobah Foundation, Dr. Isioma Okobah, said that the gesture was aimed at complementing what she called “The genuine passion and commitment so far demonstrated by Dame Okowa towards tackling the menace of sickle cell disorder in the society.”
Okobah acknowledged the achievements of the 05 Initiative in promoting the health of Deltans, saying that the seriousness of sickle cell ailment was being underestimated and is deadly in sub-Sahara Africa.
Receiving the equipment, founder of 05 Initiative, Dame Okowa, described Dr Okobah as a woman whose humanitarian work had earned her international accolade particularly in the area of providing free medical programme for the rural populace more than a decade ago.
She called for a more collaborative effort among stake holders in the health sector and government at all levels in other to decisively tackle the spread of the disease, insisting that, would-be couples should ascertain their genotype status for compatibility and to contain the incidence of sickle cell anaemia in the society.
The medical doctor who is the 2017 winner of the American Academy of Family Physician Award promised to continue to deploy her wealth of experience, resources and world network of contacts to promote the health of the rural populace through the Isioma Okobah Foundation.
Receiving the equipments, the founder of 05 initiative and Dame Okowa, described Dr Okobah as a woman whose humanitarian work has earned her international accolade particularly in the area of providing free medical programme for the rural populace more than a decade ago.