Over 250 Abia state pensioners have benefitted from the free medical outreach organised by Centre For Public Health, a Non Governmental Organisation, in Umuahia.
The senior citizens received drugs after been examined for diabetes and hypertension during the flag off of the programme tagged “Pensioners and People’s Healthcare Support Initiative, carried out by a team of medical experts led by the Executive Director of the NGO, Dr. Cfine Okorochukwu.
Speaking with Abia Breaking News, someone of the beneficiaries including leader of pensioners’ pressure group in the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akparanta, Chief Emeka Okezie, Secretary, Abia Pensioners and Chief Mrs. Nwabara Dike expressed gratitude to the NGO for remembering pensioners and coming to their aid.
They decried neglect by the Abia state government and appealed that their pensions be paid to help ameliorate their sufferings and death of their members.
The executive director of Centre For Public Health, Dr. Cfine Okorochukwu who noted with delight the impressive turnout of pensioners explained that “I intend to give quality life to our senior citizens, needy, less privileged women and the pregnant ladies, especially those who cannot afford medical services.
“Our senior citizens ought to live healthy and should access in line with achieving Universal Health Coverage and achieving goal three of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
“We also want to ensure that our elderly don’t die anymore from complications of diabetes and hypertension but will live to good old age when God will decide to call them.
Next week we will take our team to other parts of the state where the same services will be provided to the same set of persons.”
The United States representative of the NGO, Dr. Nnawuihe Ugochukwu Nwosu, said the organization is “working towards improving the health condition of our elderly ones who are dying of lack of healthcare and support.
“We are working to attract aid from foreign individuals and organisations to help them, especially for those who are hypertensive and diabetic. Diabetes is not a death sentence and can be handled.
“That government has neglected our elderly doesn’t mean all hope is lost for them, that’s why we are here. Our outreach will go a long way in curbing death resulting from diabetes and hypertension.”
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