Joy as Sen Orji builds free eye clinic for constituents
* Says quality health facilities, best infrastructure
By Steve Oko
Senator Theodore Orji representing Abia Central has said that the best form of infrastructure is to provide quality healthcare facilities for his constituents.
The former Governor who made the submission while inspecting world-class facilities at an ultra-modern eye clinic he built in Umuahia, said “it’s only the healthy that can enjoy other dividends of democracy.”
Orji said his major concern was how to provide health facilities that could help his constituents end all forms of medical tourism abroad.
Harping on the vitality of improved health care the senator vowed that as a matter of priority, the health sector would be given more attention in his second term.
His words :“If one is blind, he will not see the tarred road. I have taken health as my priority. You can empower people but health is vital.
“Since the establishment of the clinic my happiness is that the telephone calls I got from beneficiaries and how they pray and bless me and staff of the centre is emotional, especially from the old men and women. That is the prayer God hears: the prayer of the poor people”.
The former Governor explained that the clinic named “Sen. T. A. Orji Free Eye Centre is not for patients from his constituency alone but for all who can come and seek relief here “.
He noted that last year alone when the clinic was set up no fewer than 604 people benefited from the first phase of the project which was totally free, while this year, 159 have so far benefited.
On why he embarked on the project, Orji said “as a politician, I have to give back to society”, adding that God put him on a privileged position to improve on the lots of his people as well as humanity.
“It is from my heart; this is a legacy for the people”, he submitted, adding that the project will be expanded to careter for diabetics and hypertensive patients.
Orji charged the medical team at the clinic to always consider the health of the patients paramount.
Speaking earlier, the Doctor in charge of the centre, Dr. Anya Kalu said that the centre “affords the best machines for eye treatment in the state “.
According to him, the project is in three phases: “phase one is offered to people on subsidized level whereby the patient pays only 20%, while the senator pays the rest, and phase two is for free eye treatment for the senator’s constituents”.
Phase three, Dr. Kalu said is for training for eye specialists.
He disclosed that the centre has two referrals from the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri and three from University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu.
“I’m glad to announce that within six months, 160 blind people saw”, he added.
According to him, the centre “has the latest model of Yag Laser machines, the only functional one in the entire South East for eye treatment”.
In his remarks, former District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Rev. Dr. Theophilus Anyimson commended Sen Orji for his many humanitarian gestures and urged him not to relent.
Some excited patients poured encomiums on the senator during the visit.