20 Indian doctors arrive in Awka for medical mission
By Tony Nezianya
The current Mission is at the instance of the Rotary Club, District 1942 Awka.
While in Anambra, the team would be based at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka.
According to the former District Governor of the club, Mr Emma Odekpe, who has been involved in arranging the Mission, said that the initiative for the Mission commenced since 2016.
According to him they will undertake consultation and treatment of all kinds of ailment and surgeries.
He spoke during a reception party held in honour of the Mission at the Finotel Hotel, Awka.
``If you have sick people at home requiring attention, this is an opportunity of a life time to meet the Indian doctors that many expend a lot of funds to go and consult in far away India.
``They are here at your doorstep to attend to your medical needs, free of charge through the instrumentality of the Rotary Club 1942.’’
Leader of the Indian Medical Team, Dr Jorsan Fernandez, said the team is made up of specialists in varied fields of medicine – eye doctors, surgeons, physicians and gynaecologists.
``We want a collaborative Mission, where we intend a transfer of technology to our Nigerian colleagues.
``We have some equipment that we intend to leave behind for our colleagues at the hospital. We will take our colleagues through the process of their use. We are undertaking this free of charge.’’
Dr Basil Nwankwo, the Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital said his facility and his principal officers would be at the service of the Mission.
``I know that this is a relationship that will work in favour of our institution. We are ready for the collaboration.’’
Mrs Sally Mbanefo, Commissioner for Diaspora, Local Art, Culture and Tourism, who was part of the welcome party, said the Mission would have rewarding experience while in Nigeria and indeed, Anambra State.
``Find time during your Mission to undertake a tour of some tourist sites in Anambra State. We have exciting places that will motivate you to come back once more to Anambra State.
``Our people are warm. There are natural waterfalls and Caves. We also have a number of resorts and tourist centres, apart from the fact that the state is an investment destination.
``That will be when you are done with your primary purpose of being here.
``It is unfortunate that many of you on the Mission, 15 male and five female doctors are all married, you could have opted to marry here to produce mix breed just like me.’’
The commission is half cast.
Commission for information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, on behalf of the state government, used the opportunity to announce that Anambra has all along been thinking of collaboration with India on a medical facility.
``The Rotary Club District 1942, may have inadvertently actualised the wish of Anambra State Government to open an avenue through which a fruitful collaboration, for such a massive project to be actualised.
``It is the desire of the Governor of Anambra State under, Chief Willie Obiano to touch humanity, by providing good health services at minimal cost to the very poor among us.
``This mission will do just that by attending to people who will ordinarily not be able to access your services free of charge.
``Your country has been able to kick out endemic scourge like polio in spite of the massive size of your country. We need the strategy that you adopted to get there.’’
Rotary, the organisers of the Mission is both local and International service organisation, whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service.
They undertake to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
It is a non-political and non-sectarian organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.
Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfil their first guiding principle and to develop friendships as an opportunity for service.