From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
About 200 patients from Awgbu community in Orumba North local government area of Anambra state have received free medical services from a group Known as Awgbu Growth and Development Initiatives (AGDI)
The group comprising of Awgbu indigenes committed to the development of Awgbu Town organized the medical outreach for Awgbu Indigenes and residents at the Awgbu Referral Hospital, Akwuabor offering free medical care to mostly elderly persons.
AGDI also donated brand new Ambulance to Awgbu Referral hospital to aid its emergency services in the area.
The beneficiaries were checked their blood pressure, Sugar level and malaria parasite and other medical conditions attended to by a team of competed doctors and nurses, and drugs provided.
The coordinator of the group, Mr. Emeka Owoh stated that the Medical Outreach which was the first of its kind by the group which he said was necessitated by the need to provide succor to the health needs of those in the rural communities.
He stated that rising cost of living is heavily affecting the rural dwellers to access appropriate healthcare services.
Owo further said that its contribution at the moment to the community was just a tip of the iceberg of what they would offer to Awgbu town in few months to come.
He also used the opportunity to call on wellmeaning members of Awgbu community who are passionate about development to join the group to move the community forward.
In his remarks, a community leader and a member of the group, Mr. Okey Ezibe said that Awgbu will develop exponentially if more individuals continue to contribute to the development of the town in their little way.
He called on Awgbu sons and daughters to rise up to the challenge and leave Awgbu better than they met it so that the next generation would be proud of their past.
He used the opportunity to intimate the public about the plan to begin the next phase of the project which is the construction of a residency for the doctors and nurses at the hospital, saying that the plan was to upgrade the hospital to a general hospital in few months time.
The group was also one of the largest donor in the recently commissioned multimillionaire Hospital and diagnostic laboratory built at the Akwuabor Referral Hospital by the Lagos Branch of the APU.
Some of the patients, Mr. Donatus Udemma, Mrs Agnes Eze, Susan Obi commended the group for their kind gesture, saying that no group has provided such medical services to aged people the community.