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FHI 360 partners CAFE to bring medical succor to Anambra citizens

By : Ukpa Ewa

Wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has offered free medical outreach to people of Awka North Local Government Area.

The outreach was organised by Family Health International (FHI 360) and Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative in collaboration with Anambra state Ministry of health.

Free screening for HIV and other viral diseases and blood pressure check was carried out in Awka North LGA for over 150 beneficiaries to support the work of Mrs Obiano in her annual community tour across the 21 LGA's of the state.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary Anambra State Health Insurance Agency ASHIA Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi said the free Medical Outreach was an effective approach to early detection of infectious diseases like HIV, viral hepatitis and non-commumicable diseases like Diabetes, high blood pressure among others.

Dr. Onyemaechi who volunteered himself for the free HIV testing administered by the organisation said he availed himself for the screening to encourage others to do same and thereby know their status.

"People should ideally check their HIV status every six months. Screening for other diseases should also be done periodically. The earlier you know, you start seeking medical solutions to avoid complications and untimely death".

More so, he commended the wife of the Governor for her consistency in remembering the downtrodden in the society and giving succour to the poor.

Earlier in his remark, the team leader for FHI360 Community outreach in Awka North LGA Mr. Uzodike Celestine said the outreach was aimed at giving medical checkup to rural dwellers assuring that more communities will be visited to improve lives for human development.

In his vote of thanks, the Transition Committee Chairman of Awka North LGA Mr. Ferdinand Onwuje heartily praised the Wife of the Governor for lifting lives of indigent women, less privileged and giving them hope and a sense of belonging in the society.

Similarly, the Wife of the Governor also visited Njikoka Local Government Headquarters to distribute palliative items to indigent women, widows, elderly and children.

In attendance were Transition Committee Chairman Njikoka Mr. George Ozoh, Royal Fathers, Clergy men, Honourable Members of House of Assembly representing Njikoka I and II Constituencies Hon. Timothy Ifedioramma and Pete Ibida, Commissioner for Women Affairs Lady Ndidi Mezue, Managing Director Anambra Broadcasting Service Chief Uche Nworah, Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Willie Obiano Mr. Emeka Ozumba and other top government functionaries.

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