The lawmaker representing Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency, Honourable Lynda Ikpeazu, has provided free medical services to ten thousand residents in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.
The Paradise News gathered that the free medical services provided by the PDP lawmaker in conjunction with Doctor on the Move Africa, commenced on Tuesday 22nd November and is expected to end on the 26th November, 2022.
Fagging off the exercise at Christ The King Parish, Oguta road Onitsha, Ikpeazu said that her motivation to embark on the free medical outreach was due to economic hardship the people are facing.
She said the partnering doctors and other health workers, will provide health education, out-patient consultation, medical laboratory tests, scanning, dispensing of drugs, reading glasses, eye and other surgeries for various ailments.
According to the lawmaker who was represented at the event by her Legislative Aide, Hon. Mortune Ikechukwu, the gesture was to alleviate the suffering of resident of Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency and that it has no tribal, ethnic, religious and political undertone.
“With the economic situation in the state and the country at large, a lot of people cannot afford quality health care and based on that I said I should provide free medical services for my constituents.
“I know that the exercise will help the people to address their health challenges and they don’t have to pay for it because we are footing the bills. Those that need to be performed surgery on them will go to General hospital Onitsha for that free of charge.
“We are looking at at least 10,000 patients to be attended to here. This is a very big opportunity that people should take advantage of. A lot of people have prolonged medical challenges which are supposed to be taken care of here. I told them that when they leave here they should tell those at home the need to come and check themselves and get treated free of charge.
“It is my tradition and custom to be holding the free medical services three times every year to help alleviates their suffering health wise. And it started since I was elected as the lawmaker, representing the good people of Onitsha Federal Constituency.
“I am out to represent and attract dividends of democracy to residents of Onitsha communities,” she added.
Ikpeazu, who is also contesting to return to the National Assembly in the 2023 general elections under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), appealed to the beneficiaries to ensure they vote for all the PDP candidates, from the presidency down to the state houses of assembly.
The team leader of the medical outreach, Dr Joseph Kidu, said that the team was ready to attend to any patient that made himself/herself available.
“We will be using the General Hospital, Onitsha for the surgery and their eye theatre and general theatres for the surgeries and admission during the period,” Kidu said.
Some of the patients, Mr. James Chukwu, Madam Uche Idibe, Miss Joy Ugochukwu and others commended Hon. Ikpeazu for the kind gesture, saying that she has been providing empowerment and skills acquisition training for the people.
They, therefore promised to vote her back to the National Assembly Abuja, come February 25th, 2023.