Ebonyi State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr Stanley Mbam, and his wife, Mrs Winifred Mbam in collaboration with a group, MSL foundation have flagged off free medical outreach in Abakaliki the state capital to support the pet project of the wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Uzoamaka Mary-Maudline Ogbonna Nwifuru.
The Governor’s wife’s pet project is known as ‘Better Health for Rural Women, Children and Internally Displaced Foundation (BERWO)
Speaking during the flag-off at Nkaliki primary school, Abakaliki, Mrs Winifred Mbam said the free medical outreach was to support the wife of the governor in bringing health care services closer to the people.
She opined that apart from the free medical check and drugs, patients/ beneficiaries were also given food items and toiletries
According to her, this is a way of helping indigent citizens and less privileged in the community by solving medical challenges free of charge in line with the People’s Charter of Needs agenda of Governor Francis Nwifuru
She further stated that their decision to give priority to the health needs of the people is due to the importance the governor and wife attached to the health challenges affecting the people, they believed that only a healthy populace could keep the community going and guarantee a sustainable socio-economic life
Mrs Mbam while commending the governor and wife for their developmental strides in the state within the short period in office called the people in the area to continue to rally support to them in taking Ebonyi to greater heights.
“We’re here for free medical outreach in support of Her Excellency the wife of the state Executive governor of Ebonyi state Mrs. Maudline Nwifuru’s pet project”.
“I want to use the opportunity to appreciate the almighty God the maker of heaven and earth. I want to thank him especially for giving us our workaholic governor Rt Hon Francis Nwifuru the Governor of our dear state Ebonyi. And his amiable wife Chief Mrs Maudline Nwifuru.
“Within their few months in office, they have been able to transform the lives of Ebonyians positively.
“Recently Her Excellency launched her pet project ‘Better Health for Rural Women, Children, and Internally Displaced Foundation’ BERWO……, no doubt that With good health and human capacity development, infrastructure inclusive Ebonyi is on the road map to do greater things. We are here today to support their vision in making Ebonyi, of our dreams. I want to thank Their Excellencies for allowing us to serve. May the Good lord bless you and your family with good health and vitality”.
One of the members of the medical term, Dr Jack Chinedu said the medical outreach was basically to render health services to the rural populace, Mothers and children, and also the elderly
He said the sponsor of the outreach commissioner for works Engr Mbam and his wife were passionate about the well-being of the rural people, especially their healthcare.
He said the patients were being screened and treated free of charge.
He said the team was made of six doctors, six nurses three lab scientists, and one biomedical engineer from FETH, Abakaliki
“We are here on behalf of the commissioner for works, who called us on behalf of the wife of the governor . We are here to attend to mother and child and also elderly men “.
“We have a lot of drugs that can be able to take care of several illnesses, we have a lab team and also an HIV team. We came in a team of about six doctors and six nurses three lab scientists and one biomedical engineer “.
“The program will last for three days that’s 10th,11th, and 12. We will also be going to different local government Ishielu government and izzi local government precisely. I know vividly it cut across the North. So far we have recorded about 50 patients on the ground while we still have quite about 80 and we are expecting more”
Some of the beneficiaries of the free medical outreach like Mrs Edeme Ukamaka, and Felicia Mgbebu appreciated the commissioner for works, Engr Mbam, and her wife for organizing the free medical outreach describing it as heartwarming.