3,000 benefit from free medicare, scholarships in the Anambra community
Over 3,000 persons in Obeledu community, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, have benefited from a 3-day free medical outreach of the Okwuanyionu Foundation Center.
The people of the area would also benefit from scholarships and skill acquisition programmes, including computer training under the foundation.
Speaking during the outreach, the benefactor, Chief Dr. Josephat Okoye, said the medical outreach was in commemoration of his 80th birthday celebration while the foundation was established in memory of his late father.
Okoye said the gesture was in appreciation of God’s benevolence upon his life, and the community for the rare chieftaincy title bestowed on him.
“The President-General of my town had approached me, informing me of the community’s plans to bestow on me the highest title “Akaoma jide aku” no other person had and will ever be given.
“As I thought of what to do to my community in appreciation for such an honour, I remembered the needy and downtrodden and decided to set up a foundation for medicare, scholarship and skill acquisition for them,” the octogenarian said.
Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chief Emeka Obegolu, said the locals, including the elderly, youths and children were being attended to by a team of medical experts, led by Dr. John Obegolu from San Francisco, California, USA.
He said the patients were offered services ranging from medical checkup on eyes, blood glucose checks, issuance of medications and drugs, reading glasses and genotype tests for unmarried youths.
He added that the benefactor had earlier visited orphanages and schools in the area where he spent time motivating the pupils through his life’s trajectory.
According to Obegelu, the foundation, to be commissioned by Governor Willie Obiano during the week, would receive a monthly stipend for the indigent in the community under its poverty alleviation programme.
Traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Chijioke Oragwam, appreciated the benefactor for the gesture, praying for longer life and his sound health.
“You’ll agree with me that Onwa is not the only one in this community that had attained the age of 80, but he decided to be a blessing to his people. I call on others to emulate his footsteps,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Onyemesili Ngozi, who was given free glasses over her virtual challenge, was full of joy for the benevolence, praying for more blessings on the philanthropist.