DAME EDITH OKOWA’S 05 INITIATIVE NOVEL, HEROIC AND LIFE SAVING –DR MICHAEL NWOKO.
By Frank Iroroh
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on health monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko has described the 05 Initiative of Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa, the wife of the Governor of Delta State, as novel, heroic and life saving, adding that the program has continued to positively impact the lives of thousands of Deltans, especially the Warriors (those living with sickle cell anaemia).
Dr Nwoko stated this on Thursday December 17, while speaking to the press at the end of the 2020 edition of Nine Lessons and Carol organized by Sickle Cell Referral Centre, Asaba Specialist Hospital, Asaba.
His words, “I was here last year during the 2019 edition of this program and this year I deemed it necessary to be part of it. It is a thing of joy to join Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa, the Wife of the Governor and the founder of 05 initiative, to reach out to those living with Sickle Cell Anaemia by putting smiles on their faces and ensuring that they always have access to health care services across the State.
Those living with Sickle Cell Anaemia, go through a lot of health challenges and are often stigmatized in the society, this underscores the need to join hands with Her Excellency’s 05 initiative to assist the Warriors overcome these challenges and live happily.”
“I wish to add that what the 05 Initiative of Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa, the wife of the Governor is doing in the lives of the Warriors is novel, heroic and life saving, as you heard from the CMD of the Asaba Specialist Hospital, over 837 Warriors have been attended to and about 200 of them have been enrolled into the informal sector of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, to give them access to quality, accessible and affordable health care service. We have also heard the testimonies of the Warriors and their parents on how they were often given first class medical care by the facility. You also heard the prayers and the encomium they showered on Her Excellency for her efforts.”
“On this premise, I can confidently state that Her Excellency is very passionate about the plights of the Warriors and I want to commend her for the brilliant initiative and her untiring commitment towards ameliorating the plights of those living with Sickle Cell Anaemia (the Warriors) in Delta State.
Dr Nwoko concluded by referring to the popular quote of Her Excellency, “”I am not expecting you to change the world; all I ask is that you change the world of one person; do that and you would have accomplished a world of good.”” From her words, you can easily mirror that Her Excellency is committed and endowed for humanitarian gestures.
Dr Nwoko appealed to well meaning individuals in the State to assist the 05 initiative in order to reach out to more Sickle cell anaemia patients (Warriors), in the State.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Asaba Specialist Hospital, Asaba. Dr Peace Ighosewe, had commended Her Excellency for her efforts and donors for their contributions in the past year and stated that donations made last year had enabled the facility to enroll 200 Warriors into the Contributory Health Insurance scheme and that the facility need more donations to renew the annual premium of N7,000.00 for a Warrior and to expand the enrolment to more Warriors in the State.
Also in her characteristic adorable manners, Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa admonished Deltans to assist their needy neighbours as a way of showing appreciation to God for His grace in us and especially for keeping us through this pandemic year.
The highlights of the occasion was the cutting of the cake, performed by her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa and assisted by Her Excellency, Mrs Otuaro, Wife of the Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs Joan Amaechi Mrakpor, Hon Princess Pat Ajudua and the Warriors amongst other dignitaries.