The two-day Free Medical Outreach embarked upon by the wife of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mrs Timiebi Guwor, in Warri South West constituency, recorded huge success as hundreds of people with different health issues beseeched the various centers across the local government area, to attend to their health needs.
Mrs Guwor at the flag off of the programme, put together to commemorate her 40th birth anniversary, announced extension of the Free Medical exercise to Warri South and Warri North local government areas to reach out to more people with similar needs in the Warri federal constituency.
The flag off ceremony held at Ogbe-Ijoh, headquarters of Warri South West local government council, had in attendance top government functionaries, including the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Tobore Oborevrwori, Civil Commissioners, the Chairman of Warri South West, Taiye Tuoyo, some wives of the state legislators, community and opinion leaders, amongst others.
The auditorium and surrounding premises of Ogbe-Ijoh Community Town Hall, venue of the flag off ceremony were filled with people, including nursing mothers and pregnant women as Health Personnels engaged for the exercise took time to attend to the patients.
Mrs Timiebi Guwor, flanked by her husband, Rt Hon Emomotimi Guwor, said the gesture programmed for various locations across the constituency, was in appreciation of God’s grace upon her and family, pointing out that there was no better way to thank God than uplifting the lives of others.
Stressing that Health is Wealth, Mrs Guwor expressed optimism that the free medical programme would provide some relief to the patients, even as she restated her preparedness to continue to support efforts geared towards enhancing quality of lives in the locality.
The wife of the Governor, Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori, represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Ezinne Catherine Onyeme, commended Mrs Guwor for providing access to good health, saying that the gesture was in line with her “You Matter” Foundation and the MORE agenda of her husband, Sheriff Oborevwori.
The Governor’s wife stated that creating enabling environment for sustainable development is a priority to the state government, emphasizing that any form of support in that regards would always be appreciated.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Onojaeme, who also commended Mrs Guwor for floating the free health programme to mark her 40th birthday, restated government’s commitment at meeting the healthcare needs of Deltans.
The elated husband of the celebrant and Speaker of the Delta State Assembly, Emomotimi Guwor, paid glowing tributes to his wife for being such a wonderful partner, a development which he said had kept the family on the steady path of progress.
Guwor explained that on daily basis, people kept seeking assistance on their health challenges, hence the decision to put aside any form of pomp and pageantry for his wife’s 40th birth anniversary and rather, channel the resources to providing support for those in such needs.
He disclosed that sixty health personnels were engaged in the Free Medical Outreach, explaining that diagnosed ailment that can be treated at the centers would be attended to immediately, while more serious ones would be referred to Warri Central Hospital or the Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara.
Saying that the Free Medical exercise has nothing to do with affiliation to political parties and has no form of discrimination, the Speaker announced enrollment of two thousand constituents into the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme to further bridge the gap of the health needs of the people.
According to the Speaker, who will be spending fourteen million naira to enroll the two thousand persons into the scheme as government charges seven thousand naira per patient, the beneficiaries would be distributed across the ten wards in the constituency.
Guwor pledged to continue to give back to the society particularly to the people of Warri South West local government area on whose mandate he is in the State Assembly which led to his emergence as Speaker, as well as National Treasurer, Conference of Speakers of States Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.
The Chairman of Warri South West, Taiye Tuoyo and others who spoke, including some beneficiaries, expressed profound gratitude to the Speaker and his wife for marking the birthday anniversary in service to God and humanity.
Areas covered include Laboratory Tests and Screening of various types of medical issues, Out Patients Consultations and Management, Surgery, Ante-Natal, and Vital Signs Monitoring amongst others.