Awka – The Founder, Marcel Ofomata Foundation, Dr Amaechi Marcel Ofomata has called on government, Non Governmental organizations and public-spirited individuals to support efforts at providing clean water for rural dwellers as a prerequisite for healthy living.
Ofomata made the remarks during the opening of the 9th Edition of the Foundation’s Bi-Annual Free Medical Mission in Isuofia, Anambra State.
Two communities in Anambra State –Isuofia in Aguata LGA and Nanka Town in Orumba North LGA, were adopted for the Free Medical Services, to decentralize the activities.
During the medical outreach, over one thousand four hundred (1400) beneficiaries received various degrees of Free Medical Services including Medical Consultation, General Diagnosis/Treatments, Presentation of Hygiene Packs/Nosemasks, Health Education, Laboratory Tests, Eye Check/Presentation of Eye Glasses, Referral/General Health Services among others.
Thirty Four (34) persons also benefited from free surgical sperations on Appendicitis, Vaginal hysterectomy, Hernias, Lumpectomy, Hernia, Fibroid, Prostrate among others during the 9th Edition of the Free Medical Outreach in compliance with NCDC COVID-19 Guidelines as part of the Foundation’s commitment to advancing the health needs of rural dwellers.
Speaking during the exercise, Dr Ofomata noted that lack of access to clean water in South Eastern part of the country is the reason for the numerous health issues suffered by the people especially at the rural places.
“Lack of access to potable water, open defecation and other hygiene issues are very negative social situations that spell poor health indices for the South Eastern part of Nigeria and so far, it appears not much has been done to address this issue,” he noted.
Dr Ofomata tasked the traditional institutions and religious organizations in the area to join the Foundation in the advocacy.
Ofomata who is also the Chairman of AMAECOM Global Limited Group Of companies, pledged the commitment of the Marcel Ofomata Foundation to advancing the health and wealth needs of the rural dwellers through the Bi-Annual Free Medical Missions.
According to him, the ideologies of the Foundation are people and service-centred especially to the rural dwellers.
“Since inception, the Foundation has undertaken several intervention programmes in Academic Scholarship (up to University levels), Free revolving seed loan for Women Empowerment, Skills Acquisition Programmes for the youths, Sports Development as seen in the ongoing construction of the state-of-arts Mini Stadium in Isuofia and construction of the ongoing Entrepreneurial & Research Development Centre at University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
“We have also created employment opportunities through the business concerns of the conglomerate, provided direct mentorship scheme for the younger generation and cultural/attitudinal reorientation campaigns among others.
“These initiatives justify the Foundation’s commitment to energizing the transformation of humanity for good but more can be achieved with accelerated collaborations,” he pointed out.