Foundation urges FG, states to provide greater access to medicare
* Offers Free Medical Treatment To Indigent Persons In Enugu
No fewer than 5000 indigenes of Ohom-Orba, Udenu Council, Enugu State yesterday received free medical attention for their various ailments.
The free medical treatment was conceived by the Dr. Nlogha and Ifeoma Okeke Memorial Foundation to assist the less privileged in rural communities.
Speaking at the event, Chief Medical Director, Nlogha Okeke Memorial Hospital, Dr. Uchay Obodigbo, asked the Federal and state governments to urgently declare emergency in the health sector with a view to providing more access to medical care for indigent Nigerians, especially the rural dwellers.
He stated that some Nigerians, especially those living in the rural areas were dying daily, because they cannot afford to treat ailments that cost as low as one thousand naira.
According to him, findings by the foundation indicated that several Nigerians could no longer afford medical bills due to poverty, and the situation was even worse in rural areas where there are no hospitals.
Obodigbo, said the outreach programme was part of the foundation’s social responsibilities, adding that they had earlier gone to seven communities in Enugu and other states including Anambra, to offer free medical treatment.
Director of Technical Services, Dr. Nlogha Okeke Memorial Hospital, Emeka Okeke reiterated the foundation’s commitment towards providing succour to the less privileged through its free medical services, stressing that it was a way of giving back to the society.
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