NGO commences free medical care for Abia pensioners
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that is known as Center For Public Health Initiative (CPHI) based in Umuahia has commenced a free diabetic medical care for all pensioners in Abia state which they will access until they die.
The free diabetic treatment to all retired pensioners in the state was flagged off at the Pink Rose clinic in Umuahia which is owned by Dr C’Fine Okorochukwu who is also the Executive Director of the NGO and the senior citizens are expected to come there every Friday for treatment.
Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia during the flag of ceremony, Okorochukwu said that he was touched by the plight of the pensioners in the state who have been suffering since they retired from active service.
Okorochukwu said that he has lost many diabetic patients who were mainly retirees due to their inability to take care of their medical bills as they do not have money to eat not to talk of medical bills.
He noted that diabetic patients require constant check-ups, “I have noticed that when I treat any of them and tell them to come back in two weeks time, you will not see them again for another two-three weeks time and by then their situation would have been worse”.
“When I ask them why I did not see them at our last appointment time, they will tell me, my son there was no money to come for treatment since we have not been paid our pension and there are many things seeking for financial attention”.
The executive director of CPHI said that he was moved by their situation and decided to offer the free medical to them as a form of giving back to society instead of allowing them to die for an ailment he could easily handle.
He said that they (NGO) will identify those with diabetes and other ailments associated with people in their category and provide treatment in terms of drugs and information on adoption of healthy lifestyle to elongate their lives.
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Okorochukwu said that if there are medical cases they cannot handle that they will refer them to the best hospitals around and ensure that those who are supposed to help will be alerted.
He made it clear that the program will last so long as the pensioners are alive, “We as an NGO intends to continue with it for the beneficiaries for as long as they live and are wiling to come for treatment”.
The CPHI boss explained that they are being funded by their foreign and local partners, good spirited individuals, pharmaceutical companies, among others, adding that the program might still be expanded to accommodate other members of the society if they get adequate support.
In a lecture a diabetic expert and indigene of the state, Dr. Ugochukwu Nwosu, said the people need education on diabetes to learn how to control their sugar level to avoid those complications that usually lead to death of persons with the disease.
He explained that they need to listen to their body as it will always give them signals when they sugar level is high, “All you need to do is to the back of your house and get bitter leaves, squeeze and drink the water, your sugar level will come down”.
In a vote of thanks, the state chairman of pensioners, Dr Emmanuel Okparanta thanked the NGO for remembering them and prayed God to being with them as they go about taking care of pensioners in the state.
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