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Okowa’s wife flags off free eye care outreach in Burutu LGA



The wife of Delta Governor, Mrs Edith Okowa, on Wednesday flagged off a five-day free eye care programme in Burutu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

She also upgraded and fully equipped a standard sickle cell clinic at the Burutu General Hospital.

Speaking at the ceremony at Burutu, she said that the gesture was geared toward fulfilling God’s purpose for her life.

“Everyone has a purpose for which he or she was created and we must all live to please God by fulfilling that purpose. Whatever we are doing here does not have any political inclination.

“It is no news that some persons have been insinuating that the free medical care are born out of political aspirations.

“We want to make your lives easier and lighter because it is the will of God for you, not because we want to benefit any favour from you.

“We recognise that the position we occupy as first citizens of the state is a privilege birthed out of purpose and we must live our lives according to that purpose.

“We are not the best but we understand that we are accountable to the one who chose us in His mercy,” she said.

The governor’s wife, who inaugurated the sickle cell clinic in the hospital premises, also advised the hospital management to ensure that the facilities were adequately maintained.

She commended the Chairman of Burutu LGA, Mr Godknows Angele, for partnering with the ”O5 Initiative” to impact lives.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, assured the governor’s wife of the ministry’s readiness to support the initiative’s drive at impacting lives

The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Ejiro Ogheneaga, commended the governor’s wife for the initiative.

In his remarks, the council chairman noted that his people had evidently benefited from the activities of the ”O5 Initiative”.

One of the beneficiaries of the free eye care programme in 2018, an 80-year-old man, Mr Nelson Iyakonbogha, said that his two eyes were operated on in the last outreach.

According to him, his eyes have become clearer four years after the operation.

The Coordinator of Restore Sight Africa Initiative, Dr Ernest Ogbedo, said that the team was prepared to reach out to as many individuals that needed treatments within the next five days.

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