By Mercy Obojeghren
Speaking at the ceremony marking the start of the program in Oleh in the South Isoko Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, she reiterated her commitment to giving hope to the less privileged in society.
“When we were in Eku last week we were able to perform 108 eye surgeries and we are working to multiply that number here in Oleh.
“Our goal is to reach as many people as possible to ensure that the burden of visual impairment is kept to a minimum.
“And that is why we continue to call on our leaders to help bring their people in so that they can access services,” she said.
She commended the coordinator of the Restore Sight Africa initiative, Dr Ernest Ogbedo, for his partnership with the “O5 Initiative” to expand eye care services at the grassroots level.
“We are not paying Ogbedo for what he does, but he has remained committed to selfless service throughout the state at the expense of his own comfort,” she said.
The governor’s wife also took the opportunity to call for action for the COVID-19 vaccination.
“We always call on everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves from the virus.
“Even if you don’t want to get the vaccine, don’t discourage others from doing it by spreading false rumors,” she said.
State Health Commissioner Dr Mordi Ononye praised the governor’s wife for her progress while pledging her ministry’s commitment to the health of the state’s people.
The president of the local council of Isoko Sud, Mr. Victor Asasa, who spoke at the event, congratulated the governor’s wife for this initiative.
“Service to humanity is service to God, Ms. Okowa has been so kind to people and we are so grateful,” he said.
The coordinator of the Restore Sight Africa initiative, Dr Ernest Ogbedo, also congratulated the governor’s wife for this initiative.
According to him, the free four-day eye care covers all eight LGAs in the South Delta.
He explained that corrective glasses and eye drops were distributed and that surgeries were performed on patients who needed them.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the awareness program is taking place as the world celebrates World Sight Week, aimed at raising awareness about eye care and wellness.
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