No fewer than 23,500 persons from 23 local government areas of Delta State have benefited from the medical outreach being carried out by “05 Initiative” in the state.
The wife of the governor of Delta State, Edith Okowa, said this on Monday in Asaba, the state capital at the grand finale of the outreach.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the “05 Initiative” the pet progrramme of the governor’s wife is collaborating with Restore Sight Africa.
She said out of the figure, 13, 817 persons were treated and given eyes glasses, while 8,427 others also received free treatments and drugs.
The governor’s wife recalled that the programme started few months back in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
She commended the members of her team for their support in ensuring the success of the programme across the state.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank God for His mercies and preserving our lives all through this period.
“I want to also thank the members of my team for their selfless service all through this period and those who have also contributed to the success of this programme,’’ she said.
Mrs Okowa, therefore, appealed to corporate organisations and well-meaning Deltans and Nigerians to return home and give helping hands to the less privileged in the society.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in his address at the event commended the 05 Initiative and Restore Sight Africa for the collaboration.
He said their commitments in restoring sights and hopes to the people had touched God.
The governor, therefore, advised well-meaning Nigerians to find ways of helping the needy, adding that it would go a long way in transforming the society.
According to him, that which is done for the poor and the needy touches the heart of God.
Mr Okowa assured the people of the state that his administration would continue to remain focus in ensuring that more dividends of democracy get to them.
Also, the Coordinator of Restore Sight Africa, Ernest Ogbedo, said 2,008 eye surgeries had been performed.
Mr Ogbedo, however, called for more support for the team to enable it reach out to more persons in the society.
According to him, 18,000 constant blindness are still in the creek, the upland and these people need to be reached.