Wife of Delta State Governor and founder, O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa has flagged off the free grassroots medical outreach for the Warri Federal constituencies.
During the ceremony which held on Wednesday 16th March, 2022 at the Central Hospital Warri, Dame Okowa said “Due to the success recorded in the second phase where 4,304 patients were seen, 497 surgeries were done, 3,030 eye glasses given and 1,998 eye drops were dispensed; this third phase promises a lot more.”
She expressed joy and privilege at you to the flag off of the third phase of the Free Grassroots Medical Outreach for the Warri Federal Constituency at the General Hospital Warri.
According to her, “Four years ago precisely in 2018, the O5 Initiative in partnership with Restore Sight Africa and the State Ministry of health sailed out with the good news of Free Eye care round the 25LGAs and in 2021; we went round the three Senatorial Districts.”
She emphasised that, “Everyone that came with a challenge now have a testimony, we are still celebrating the victories recorded; this can only be God at work through the hands of the Doctors, may His name be praised forever Amen.”
She added that “To a large extent blindness has ravaged a lot of people irrespective of gender especially in the rural areas, depriving them of the beauties of life.
“The eyes are the most treasured sense and the light of the body, it is also the window to the world therefore we must keep it healthy.
“It is true that we have gone round the state in different capacity but there is still need to reach out once again so that Deltans can enjoy life to its fullest.
“To this end I say that blindness will soon become history among our folks in Jesus name.
“Provision has been made for COVID 19 tests as well as free eye screening, free eye Surgery, distribution of free reading glasses and free eye drops.
“The need for every Deltan to be healthy and benefit from the Prosperity Agenda is of utmost importance even as this administration rounds off soon, no one will be left behind.
“I want to thank the lawmakers, the Chairmen and the good people of Warri Federal Constituency for this large turnout, I am hopeful that at the end of this visit, the testimony will be “I was blind now I can see.
“Also, may I specially acknowledge and thank Dr Ernest Ogbedo and the Restore Sight Africa team; you are passionate about this outreach thank you for giving your time and resources to this work, you have done it before and I have the assurance that the Lord will use you again for the restoration of the sight of our people.
“Dr Mordi Ononye the Honourable Commissioner and the Medical personnel of the Ministry of Health, thank you for assisting us, God bless you.
“In conclusion, I thank everyone for being part of this project, I urge you to look out for one another. Spread the word to those who have not heard, there is room for them. Be part of this train as we Change Our World One Person at a time.
“It is now my honour to flag off the 2021 Free Grassroots Medical Outreach for the Warri Federal Constituency to the glory of God.”
She also charged beneficiaries and Deltans to be close to God while prioritising their health, stressing that it was good for everyone to pursue their salvation through Jesus Christ.
Also speaking, Coordinator, Restore Sight Africa Initiative, Dr. Ogbedo, commended the Delta First Lady for her commitment towards bringing succor to people of state through her 05 Initiative.
Ogbedo noted that through the scheme many Deltans without resources to cater for their eyes were now sharing testimony of “I can now see.
Similarly in his welcome address, the chairman of Warri South, Dr. Michael Tidi, who spoke on behalf of the three Warri council chairmen, thanked the wife of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the choice of Warri for the flag-off of the programme.
Tidi assured Mrs. Okowa that he would mobilise residents of Warri to take advantage of the programme to ensure that their eye defects are corrected through the free medical outreach.
“What we are witnessing today, and the level of impact the 05 Initiative has had is only made possible by an uncommon vision which is fueled by the passion to impact humanity.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the seamless execution of the five-fold agenda of the 05 Initiative and the massive impact in the 25 Local Governments is simply amazing. When you look at the army of beneficiaries of the Free Eye Treatment alone, you can imagine what would have been if this Initiative hadn’t come to their rescue.
“I salute the visioner, the initiator and founder of the 05 Initiative, Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa for bringing succor to our people. I commend the energy and drive that has kept the programme going since 2015.
“I appreciate all the partners that have, and are still collaborating with the Initiative. And not forgetting the amazing 05 Initiative team that have shown so much zeal in the discharge of their assignment”, the Warri South chairman added.
The event also featured health talks by health practitioners who enjoined people of the state especially women to prioritized their wellbeing through regular checkups to guide against growing deceases such as cervical cancer.
Mrs. Okowa was accompanied to the flag-off by the wife of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mrs. Tobore Oborevwori; wife of the Chief of Staff to Governor Okowa and Coordinator of 05 Initiative, Mrs. Kevwe Agas; Chairmen of Warri South and Warri South West, Dr. Tidi and Hon. Taiye Tuoyo and wife of commissioners in the state.