The government of Imo State has commended the medical intervention provided by the Sharing Hope Medical Mission from the United States of America, brought to the State by the wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
Medical team of Sharing Hope Mission arrived Emeabiam in Owerri West Local Government for the first time on Sunday and has started giving free health care services to the people of the community as a pilot of their volunteering mission in Imo State.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Prof. Placid Njoka who received the team on behalf of Governor Hope Uzodinma was elated about the gesture and expressed the readiness of the government to provide supplementary support for the Mission.
According to him, the kind of service provided by the USA team was really needed, considering the quite number of health issues ravaging some communities in the state.
He expressed the need for the state to liase with the Mission on the possibility of expanding the scope of the potential of their services in Imo, while assuring the provision of every needed facilities for their next visit through Imo Foundation that is responsible for coordinating Missions.
Prof. Njoku described Mrs Akeredolu as a shining example, an ambassador of breast cancer awareness campaign and commended her for taking further step to promote health care provision for her people by bringing the foreign medical missioners.
Earlier in her address, Mrs Akeredolu had congratulated the Uzodinma-led Imo government for the victory at the supreme Court.
She informed the deputy governor that the free medical intervention was flagged-off in Emeabiam, with the determination to extend it to other remote areas of the state in the next visit.
Explaining the motive for the intervention, Mrs Akeredolu intimated him with the challenges confronting the people in Emeabiam in getting access to healthcare services, saying the community had suffered neglect from the previous governments in the state.
She expressed sadness witnessing needless deaths of pregnant women in her community due to the lack of health facilities, hence the reason she sets the ball rolling by laying the foundation of a health clinic with the hope to receive government’s support to make it a dream comes true.
Mrs. Akeredolu noted that everyone had a role to play in developing a given society through citizen’s driven project like the clinic, and influencing foreign medical volunteers like Sharing Hope Mission.
The leader of the team, Dr. Emeka Anyanwu, affirmed that they were in Nigeria through Mrs. Akeredolu’s support and encouragement.
He noted that their journey to Ondo and Imo States was a yearly pilgrimage of voluntarism, and assured that next year edition would witnessed massive surgical intervention.
The free medical services commenced today and over 100 residents of Emeabiam were already treated from different ailments, while others would be attended to tomorrow.