Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
Delta State First Lady and founder of 05 Initiative, Dame Evangelist (Mrs) Edith Okowa has formally commissioned an ultra-modern Sickle Cell Clinic at the Central Hospital, Oleh in Isoko South local government area of Delta state.
Dame Okowa, who was given a rousing welcome by elected and appointed Isoko women as well as wives of political appointees at the hospital premises on Monday, May 30, 2016 inspected the various equipment in the laboratory, which include Hematology auto analyzer, Haemoglobin electro phoresis and Hematocrit centrifuge provided by the 05 Initiative.
The elated wife of the state governor explained that the 05 Initiative was borne out of the passion to bring succour to sufferers of sickle cell anaemia with a determination to add value to the lives of the less privileged in the society, through the establishment of sickle cell centres in all Central Hospitals in the state.
While expressing joy that the state governor, Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the establishment of a standard referral centre at the General Hospital in Asaba, she described the 05 Initiative as a humanitarian and interventionist programme which draws its objectives from the Biblical book of Matthew 25: 35-36 with an obligation of “Changing our world, one person at a time.”
She admonished parents of carriers of sickle cell anaemia to adhere to medical advices and ensure that their children and wards know about their genotype and get bes medical treatment, even as the 05 Initiative engages on effective, intensive advocacy and enlightenment campaigns.
Dame Okowa commended the founder of Martha Charity, Chief Emmanuel Emoefe and othe notaboe Isoko sns and daughters for their magnanimous contribution towards the purchase of equipment and renovation of the sickle cell clinic.
In her talk, Justice Excel Timi, who donated hot water bottles to the 05 Initiative for onward distribution to sickle cell carriers.mentored them on the need to embrace God in the course of traveils, insisting that there is a high survival rate as a result of education and frequent enlightenment campaigns.
Earlier in her welcome speech, Director General of the 05 Initiative, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, said the 05 Initiative was passion driven, having reached out to men and women of similar passion.
She revealed that the scheme was established to ensure that the survival rate of people with sickle cell disorder is higher, adding that the essence of the equipment at the clinic was to eradicate encumbrances faced by Survival Success People in accessing health facilities.
Dr. Mrs. Uche Okwe in her oral presentation spoke on the importance protein food to enhance growth and reduce risk.
The Zonal Medical Director, Dr. Ugbaja Christopher Amaechi, thanked the founder of 05 Initiative and her team for giving hope to people with Sickle cell disorder, urging the hospital authority to imbibe good maintenance culture in handling the hospital facilities.
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