By Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
A member representing Onitsha North and South in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu provided free medical services and empowerment to people in the Anambra State constituency.
The medical services that were provided in collaboration with Doctor on the Move Africa will last for a week during which doctors and other health workers received health education, outpatient consultation, medical laboratory tests and ultrasound scans.
Other areas include; distribution of medicine, free reading glasses and eye cataract surgery, gynecological surgery and other surgeries for various foods.
The legislator also empowered elderly men, women and youth and members of her various support groups in Onitsha where they received motorbikes, industrial sewing machines, grinders, sacks of rice, beans, garri, peanut oil, palm oil, detergents. , noodles, nappies, provisions, condiments among others.
Ikpeazu, while reporting the drill at Christ the King Onitsha Parish and Onitsha General Hospital, said what motivated her to embark on free medical treatment for her constituents was due to the economic hardships which resulted in health problems and a lack of money to go to hospitals.
“This is a service to humanity and in serving my people, I have decided that one of the ways to help my constituents who are not so privileged is to give them free health care. We have that. did a similar last year and from the records we have over 4,000 patients have been treated and over 100 surgeries have been performed in different foods.You know that fibroid surgery is expensive where the hospitals charge N500,000-600,000 but we did it here for free.
“Health is number one and you have to be healthy to do anything else. We also know that medical bills, not only in Nigeria, are very high. And with the economic situation of the country, many people cannot afford quality health care and based on this, I said that I should provide free medical services to my constituents.
“It’s a really big opportunity that people should take advantage of. A lot of people have prolonged medical issues that are supposed to be taken care of here.
“I asked some patients why they didn’t go to the hospital, they said there was no money. So I do things that will benefit people and I will give glory to God while they are being treated. I don’t do anything for political reasons, no I don’t, I do things that I believe in and that affect the lives of my people.
“I will do another free and empowerment medical service before the end of the year, I will do more because there are many people who need health services. There are people who will be given medicine now before undergoing surgery, these people will benefit from it during the next awareness campaign”.
“There is another initiation going on at the same time at Emmanuel Onitsha Anglican Church. You have to help people, if God gives you the opportunity, make good use of it. In my own way, it’s not much, I’m just doing what I can to help people,” Ikpeazu said.
Some of the patients, Mrs. Christiana Dash and Mr. Richard Aguobe, who received free eye treatment, thanked God for using Ikpeazu to solve their health problems.
Others who received initiations such as Mrs. Agnes Monye, Jude Olisa, Glads Nwoke, Maduka Orike thanked the legislator for the gifts and foodstuffs.
Beneficiaries praised the legislator for the kind gesture, saying she had provided empowerment and skills training to the people.
They however prayed to God that she would excel in all her endeavours, that she would live long to enjoy her good work on earth.