A Non-Governmental Organization, Centre for Public Health is to provide free medical care to all indigent pensioners in Abia state.
At a meeting with leadership of Nigeria Union of pensioners, Abia state chapter, Executive Director of the center, Dr. C’fine Okorochukwu said the decision follows the prevailing socio-economic situation facing the pensioners.
“We are taking over the health needs of pensioners who cannot afford their routine health needs especially people with hypertension and diabetes diseases. The support is however limited to primary health needs of the beneficiaries.
“We shall carefully profile the pensioners to determine real indigent ones who are in need of the support, Centre for Public Health is ready and have the capacity to attend to the medical needs of pensioners who are with us” Dr. Okorochukwu disclosed.
Receiving the delegation, Chairman Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Abia state, Comrade C.N Udensi expressed delight at the gesture. He remarked that 90% of the pensioners are on medication.
“At the moment, pensioners in Abia state are owed up to 18 months arrears and it makes it difficult for some of us to meet our medical needs”.
“This gesture is a welcome development and we ask for God’s grace on the organizers to sustain it” he said.
Center for Public Health aims to mobilize resources towards the achievement of the Universal health coverage goals 4, 5 and 6 of the million development goals (SDG), and more particularly to reduce infant/maternal mortality and morbidity rate in developing countries.