Dame Edith Okowa, wife of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, has offered free eye care services to residents of Delta South, through her pet project “05 Initiative”.
Speaking at the ceremony marking the start of the program at Oleh in the state’s Isoko South Local Government Area (LGA), she reiterated her commitment to bringing hope to the less privileged in society.
“While we were in Eku last week, we were able to perform 108 eye surgeries and we are working to multiply that number here in Oleh.
“Our aim is to reach as many people as possible to ensure that the burden of visual impairment is kept to an absolute minimum.
“And that’s why we continue to call on our leaders to help bring their people up so they can access services,” she said.
She congratulated the coordinator of the Restore Sight Africa initiative, Dr Ernest Ogbedo, for his partnership with the
“O5 Initiative” to expand eye care services at grassroots level.
“We don’t pay Ogbedo for what he does, but he remained engaged in selfless service throughout the state at the expense of his own comfort,” she said.
The governor’s wife also used the occasion to call for action in favor of vaccination against COVID-19.
“We are always calling on everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves from the virus.
“Even if you don’t want to get vaccinated, don’t discourage others from getting vaccinated by spreading false rumours,” she said.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye congratulated the governor’s wife on her progress while pledging his ministry’s commitment to the health of the people of the state.
Isoko South Local Council Chairman, Mr. Victor Asasa, who spoke at the event, congratulated the Governor’s wife for the initiative.
“Service to humanity is service to God, Ms Okowa has been so kind to people and we are very grateful for that,” he said.
The coordinator of the Restore Sight Africa initiative, Dr. Ernest Ogbedo, also congratulated the governor’s wife for this initiative.
“There is no state in Nigeria that provides eye care of this magnitude. As we move through our daily activities even in our places of residence, we meet beneficiaries whose stories have changed.
According to him, the free four-day eye care awareness covers all eight LGAs under the South Delta.
He explained that corrective glasses and eye drops were distributed and surgeries were performed on patients who needed them.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the awareness program is taking place as the world celebrates World Sight Week, aimed at raising awareness about eye care and wellbeing.