By Emmanuel Ayungbe
UYO—PREGNANT wife of a pastor with the Deeper Life Bible Church, Ikot Abasi, in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Ekaette Monday Okon, could not contain her joy when she was rolled out of the theatre of the General hospital, Ikot Abasi, with a bouncing baby girl after a successful Cesarean Section (CS).
Mrs Okon is among the over 5,000 patients in the state, who received free medical services, courtesy of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Akwa Ibom, which organized a five-day free medical and surgical outreach in collaboration with Hensek Integrated Services Limited, tagged ‘30:30:30 INITIATIVE’ at the General Hospital, Ikot Abasi.
She repeatedly thanked organizers of the free medical service, saying, “I do not know what I would have done; I do not know where I would have raised money for this operation. This exercise is organized specially to take care of my case. The organizers waited for my delivery date and in spite of the nationwide strike by resident doctors at the time, they came to my rescue at the right time.”
State chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Aniekeme Aniefiok Uwah, said the association decided to partner with Hensek Integrated Services in its drive to make Akwa Ibom the number one state in the provision of healthcare services.
Appraising the programme, the NMA boss said: “It was a huge success, on the first day, we accredited 1,823 patients. As you speak to me on the fifth day, we have attended to 700 children, 300 eye check-ups and they have issued 200 eye glasses.
“Most other cases were malaria and arthritics. 60 persons had successful surgery, including five CS. 20 doctors, eight consultants and other medical personnel are on hand to attend to any medical challenges. The free medical services will be extended to Uyo and Ikot Ekpene senatorial districts of the state.”
The sponsor of the programme and managing director of Hensek Integrated Services Limited, Engr Uwem Okoko, who was overwhelmed by the crowd, said he was touched by the plight of the poor in the society, compelling him to embark on the project to save the lives of rural dwellers that could not afford medical services as a result of poverty.