With the free medical services and healthcare sensitization programme facilitated by the special assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Political Affairs, Comrade Ini Ememobong, hundreds of natives of Use Ndon community in Ibiono Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom State with various health challenges have benefited, and many more are to benefit in future exercises. Itoro BASSEY reports
Emem Asanga (not her real name) is one of the many patients who was recently diagnosed and treated of diabetes free of charge in Use Ndon community of Ibiono Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom state. For many months before her diagnosis and subsequent treatment, it used to be very difficult for her to to travel from the village to the city for proper medical attention. And even if she was able to travel, there was no money to take full care of her medical bills. Mrs Asanga’s case was one out of many. Despite the fact that few medical facilities exist in the community, scores had suffered from treatable ailments such as malaria, typhoid fever or arthritis; while a good number might have died apparently because of ignorance of basic health education, or lack of access to genuine drugs, and so on.
Such were the challenges most natives of Use Ndon faced from time to time. To address these challenges and reduce the death toll in his community, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Political Affairs, Comrade Ini Ememobong, recently gathered members of his community and made them enjoy free medical services. During the programme, residents also had easy and free access to medical personnel, blood sugar test, blood pressure, malaria test, deworming for children with free drugs and counseling. The programme also covered sensitization on Lassa fever, Zika virus, Ebola, HIV/AIDS and other pandemic. By the same token, a graduation ceremony for those who undertook vocational training in different business concerns, among others, also held. Cash grants for business start ups, as well as several mouthwatering items and empowerment packages were also provided by the governor’s aide.
The widows in the area were not left out of the largesse as they received bags of rice, wrappers, and cash.
Ememobong, who was accompanied by his wife, Sandra; the member representing Itu/Ibiono Ibom in the National Assembly, Henry Archibong, his counterpart in the state house of assembly, Ime Okon, Akwa Ibom commissioner for environment and mineral resources, Iniobong Essien, top government functionaries at the state and local levels, gave out the items with delight and, according to him, in fulfilment of the desire to express love for his fellow man.
The programme, Comrade Ememobong said, was designed to ensure that majority of the residents accessed free medical assistance.
He added that the programme was targeted at reaching the underprivileged in his community.
While promising to sustain the programme as part of his efforts at providing quality healthcare service to the people of his community, Comrade Ememobong revealed that he is determined to give hope to the hopeless and to inspire those that want to be inspired.
He said what matters in life is the legacy one leaves behind.
“That is why I preferred to celebrate with the less privileged people in order to alleviate their sufferings as much as we can. We have no choice but to help them”, he said.
Shortly after the event, Comrade Ememobong excitedly wrote on his Facebook page, “We must endeavour to leave every environment better than we met it. Use Ndon community must be better by our collective existence, today’s event was just a pointer to what’s enroute”.
Moved by Comrade Ememobong’s benevolence for his people, one of the many commentators to his post, Idiongo Udo-Asuquo, described the occasion as a good example of how to show love to people.
“Whatever blessing that happens in our lives was not given to us so we can keep it all for ourselves. God blesses us so we can serve as channels through which He will bless others in need”, Udo-Asuquo explained.