The Deputy Minority leader, house of representatives, and member representing Aninri, Agwu, and Orji- River Federal constituency, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, have selected the 2nd to the 6th of November 2021 to conduct the free medical outreach which is carried out every year in his constituency.
The event which is done annually by the lawmaker to help rural dwellers who may have health issues but may not have the financial means to treat themselves, and because he believes that health is wealth and a healthy constituency is a wealthy constituency.
The medical outreach which has run through five consecutive years has recorded a 100% success rate, since no death has occurred in any of the medical activities
The UNTH outpost, Ugbo which has been chosen for the venue for this year’s medical outreach shall witness some of activities such as Optical surgeries, Fibroid evacuation surgery, treatment of reproduction related ailments, diabetes, hypertension, hernia treatments, issuance of surgical spectacles, ultrasound scans, tests and immediate reception of drugs, etc.
In an exclusive interview with UGAMATV, Okechukwu gave his reasons for conducting the medical outreach. He says “The medical outreach is an effort to compliment the efforts of the state government and the institutions around that place.
“There are some interventions which we need to do for rural communities and it may not be possible to help everybody who have challenge or to fund solve of the health problems they have, so that is how we came about intervening annually.
“Most of the times they do fibroid operations, give people with eye problems eye glasses, do routine checks for diabetic patients and also some other kind of screening”, he says.
Okechukwu who spoke on the poor condition of the rural healthcare centers and what can be done about it, he added that, “Health centers we have in communities is the responsibility of local government. As a federal lawmaker we will superintend issues pertaining to teaching hospitals like UNTH.
“We are trying liase with them to see how we can do extension services in some of our communities in order to have doctors, nurses, from UNTH intervene in some of these health centres to the point of having some places designated as health post of UNTH in which they can use their personal strength to help the rural communities, that’s what we are trying to do”, he says concluding.