By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
The wife of the Delta State governor, Dame Edith Okowa, a charity giver personified has placed smiles on the faces of 25 patients at the Federal Medial Centre (FMC), Asaba, by offsetting their defrayed medical bills with the whooping sum of N5.1 million.
The event which took place Tuesday at the premises of FMC, saw the full team of 05’ Initiative, a Pet Project of the governor’s wife with which she has touched the lives of thousands of Deltans; the aged and young both male and females have got their sights restored while the
bedridden are back on their feet.
Speaking Tuesday at the 2018 International Day of Charity, Dame Okowa, said, they were at the federal health facility to join the rest of the world to mark the day and to give hope to the hopeless.
Hear her: “there is somebody you can help. You may not have so much to give, your smile; a word of encouragement, sharing your food with the hungry will go a long way to lighten the dark for the needy.
“Some people with various health concerns are in the hospital, they cannot afford to buy their drugs let alone pay their bills. There are families whose children are out of school because they cannot pay their fees. Children are roaming the streets, they need love and care; indeed we have the needy everywhere around us”.
The passionate woman addressed by her admires as “Mama Delta”, continued: “We are invited here not only to celebrate but also to see how we can be of help to those who are unable to offset their bills”, noting that the day was met for all and sundry to render help to indigent people, stressing, “the International Day of Charity is not solely for 05 team”.
She harped on the need for spirited individuals and corporate organizations to use the day to sensitize the masses on the importance of benevolent activities as those with needs are in the nook and cranny of the state, saying, “that is why we are cashing in to contribute our quota to humanity”, citing Matthew 25:35-36 as their driving force.
While addressing the beneficiaries to ensure they take their medications regularly as they go back home, she seized the medium to commend the management of the hospital for partnering with 05’ Initiative, for helping the common man and attending to the health need of patients who come knocking.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), of FMC, Dr Victor Osiatuma, thanked the governor’s wife for coming to defray the medical bills of 25 patients.
“We cannot thank you and your 05’ Initiative enough for these philanthropic gestures to our patients. It is our prayer that God will continue to keep, proper and bless you and your family for every one of us and the whole people of Delta State”.
One of the beneficiaries, Lazarus Promise, who has spent nine months in the hospital, appreciated the governor’s wife for coming to “rescue” them.
It would be recalled that the governor’s wife and her team while marking the same event in 2017, at FMC, paid defrayed medical bills of N4 million for 13 patients.