GOVERNMENT CARRIES OUT FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH IN FLOOD-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Nov.19, 2019 (MOI) In line with Anambra State Government intervention measures in flood-affected communities with health challenges, the state Flood Medical Team has commenced administration of free medical treatment to victims.
Addressing newsmen during flag-off the event at Primary Healthcare Centre and Maternity, Umueze-Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area (LGA), the Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala said that Anambra Government would always assist flood-affected communities.
``This is in line with Gov. Willie Obiano’s directive to ensure that displaced persons in flood-affected communities do not suffer as a result of ongoing flooding.
``We are here with a team of doctors and nurses to attend to people of Umueze-Anam, especially those that are sick and cannot afford to pay for their drugs or seek medical assistance.’’
He noted that families had been displaced from their homes and it had resulted to several health issues making government to intervene.
``This exercise is a continuous one until the flood recedes. Doctors with officers-in-charge of healthcare centres will continue to monitor situations.’’
Dr Okpala said in spite of the fact that some of the installed materials had been submerged at Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centre, Umueze-Anam, two alternative facilities were located in the up land areas.
``Although this particular one is submerged in floodwaters and people cannot not access it, we have made an alternative arrangement which is in a private house, where medical workers and officers-in-charge of affected facility are staying to attend to patients.
``All the centres earlier visited have back up arrangements for doctors and medical workers to visit and ensure people continue to receive treatments.
``I must commend the performances of the state medical team for their commitment in attending to flood affected victims.’’
Dr Okpala assured that once floodwaters receded, the Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centre would receive urgent uplift.
State Hospital Administrator, Dr Richmond Achugbu said that no fewer than 200 patients had received medical treatment and drugs at the Healthcare and Maternity centre.
``Before coming here to see things for ourselves, we have carried out a medical outreach at the first facility in Umueze-Anam which lasted for hours.
``The statistics from the two facilities show that there are no emergencies, outbreak of diseases and no death reports which can be linked to the floods.’’
Officer In Charge of Comprehensive Primary Healthcare, Mrs Elizabeth Okolo commended state government for always coming to rescue flood-affected communities with medical interventions.
``Since this flooding, we have continued to receive drugs and medical team that assist us in attending to patients and victims.’’
Mrs Okolo appealed to government to support health workers in flood-prone areas with some incentives.
Miss Ifeoma Chukwuemeka, who received some treatment, said that she was in her house when the town crier announced that the medical team had arrived, so she came and received free treatment.
Miss Chukwuemeka noted that team of doctors had carried out similar exercise few weeks ago in the community. She commended Gov. Willie Obiano for the routine medical interventions.
``One good thing about this exercise is that many of us who cannot afford to pay hospital bills were treated free of charge. We also received free drugs.’’
Another recipient of the free medical treatment, Mrs Blessing Mbanefo said that she and her children were sick for some time and could not get money for treatment.
``The medical team rescued my family by
treating us free of charge and you can see that we are happy. May God bless the
state government and the commissioner with his team.’’ (MOI)