OBIARUKU/Nigeria: The wife of the Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa had been commended for her efforts to fight and stop the spread of new Sickle Cell cases in the state, through her 05 Initiatives as the organisation inaugurates the Obiaruku Sickle Cell Clinic.
The commendations came from the member representing the Ukwuani State Constituency, and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Ochor Ochor and wife, Mrs Anna Ochor on Monday June 20, 2022, in Obiaruku.
The two spoke by the side of the inauguration exercise, amidst celebration with those with Sickle Cell disorders who are referred to as warriors.
The duo thanked the wife of the Governor and founder 05 initiative for the establishment of the clinic which they say will ameliorate the hardship they face in accessing good healthcare.
The Deputy Speaker Hon. Ochor Ochor, while commending the first lady, said that the newly commissioned Obiaruku Sickle Cell clinic by the wife of the State Governor, was a mark of fulfilment for the use of the building for him.
He said that the commissioned clinic was mark of satisfaction that Ukwuani belong to the council areas where the Sickle Cell clinics have been established, as survival warriors of sickle cell traits would no longer be going through the stress of traveling to Warri or Asaba to get treatment.
On her part, Anna Ochor said the inauguration ended in praises as survivors will now access the treatment close to their homes, while encouraging parents and guidance to ensure children, family members and friends know about the clinic in the area.
She said citing and equipping the hospital has brought light and hope to the people as the hospital which was formerly a children’s hospital had been abandoned for twenty two years.
The couple praised the founder of the 05′ initiative, saying commissioning of the Obiaruku Sickle Cell clinic, and her commitment to leave a legacy that will endure for all time have to be encouraged by all.
Earlier, the wife of the Governor and Founder 05 Initiatives Dame Edith Okowa said the 05 initiative is passionately committed to putting a stop to new births with Sickle Cells cases hence the message “know your genotype and compatible level”
She said the theme for the 2022 World Sickle Cell Day, “Shinning the light on sickle cell” was apt as the surviving warriors need all the love, care and attention they can get.
Flanged by some Women from Ndokwa Nation who were on ground to welcome her, the wife of the Governor who had earlier commissioned the well equipped sickle cell clinic said it is the twenty third of such being established in the state and thanked Ukwuani people for their Unity, peaceful disposition and warmed welcome.
The event was later wrapped up with a photo shot and dance time by Dame Edith Okowa, Mrs Ann Ochor-Ochor and other women present.