Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
About 200 pensioners suffering from diabetes have benefitted from the free medical-care services offered by a non- governmental organisation known as Centre for Public Health Initiative in Abia state.
The pensioners trooped out in their numbers on Friday to register for easy access to treatment for as long as they live during the flag off of the exercise at the Pink Rose clinic in Umuahia.
The aim of the program is to lessen the burden of economic challenges bedeviling pensioners in the state who usually complain of lack of funds to enable them seek medical attention when necessary.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Dr. C’Fine Okorochukwu, said he felt the need to offer assistance to the senior citizens whose plights in recent times have become rather pitiable. He said they will identify those with diabetes and other ailments associated with people in their category and provide treatment in terms of drugs and information on adoption of healthy lifestyle to elongate their lives.
Dr. Okorochukwu said the programe is timeless as the NGO intends to continue with it for the beneficiaries for as long as they live. He said funding comes from their foreign and local partners, good spirited individuals, pharmaceutical companies, etc, adding that the programme might still be expanded to accommodate other members of the society if they get adequate support.
On his part, a US based medical expert and indigene of Abia state, Dr. Ugochukwu Nwosu, said the people need education on diabetes to learn how to control their sugar level to avoid those complications that usually lead to death of persons with disease.
The beneficiaries were jubilant as they could not contain their joy of receiving absolutely free medical services from the NGO.
The chairman of a sect of the pensioners in the state, Chief Dr. Emmanuuel Okparanta and thanked the management of the NGO for remembering them.
Every Friday has been set aside especially for the pensioners to get medical attention by the organisers.