Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Commissioner Akabuike missing in action as sickle cell anemia patients, other stakeholders meets at Ekwulobia

Anambra State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike was not in attendance on the meetings of sickle cell stakeholders held at Ekwulobia on Saturday.

News48hrs.com learnt that the Commissioner of Health was dully informed of the meeting and even promised to attend, but chose neither to attend nor to send a delegate.

However, not less than 200 sickle cell patients were on attendance at the maiden edition of Sickle Cell Stakeholders' meeting held recently at Aguata Local Government Secretariat Hall, Anambra State.

The meeting was also attended by news48hrs.com, members of the clergy, the press, the red cross society and a medical practitioner.

Speaking at the occasion, the association’s coordinator, Aisha Maureen Edward noted that the group was aimed at bridging the gap between those living with Sickle Cell disorder and the benevolent members of the society, as well as to breaking the wings of fake NGOs who had been feeding fat at the expense of the Sickle Cell cause and people.

This is even as Aisha lamented that some undisclosed sources told her that some top government functionaries are calling her ‘terror and militant’, and cautioned such personalities to desist from such act because she is not.

News48hrs.com  recalled that the association had written to Obiano through commissioner Akabuike demanding for vehicle, 1.6 million naira, among other things that would enhanced its operation but are yet to receive from the government. Our magazine fears that it might be due to the latest inhumane name the so-called unscrupulous elements are calling Aisha.

She equally expressed appreciation to God and the church who had been her most gracious support and partners in the pursuit of the cause of the association, and in furtherance announced that on October 18, members of the association in the Southeast shall embark on thanksgiving at St Patrick's Cathedral, Awka.

Aisha also gave a rundown of series of the association’s landmark achievements within few years to include, getting the prestigious Iyi Enu Mission Hospital to write off the huge bill of one of their deceased members as well declare free medical services to Sickle Cell patients; the graduation of 10 members of APLSCD from the first round of the ongoing skill acquisition programme by Osodieme CAFE; the Walk in honor of members of the association by ANAMBRA Broadcasting Service in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Anglican and Catholic church as well as other the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and other corporate bodies. 

She therefore assured sicklers that  more welfare and empowerment packages are still in the pipeline, especially getting the new and prestigious Sickle Cell ambassador, Zahra Buhari to ANAMBRA State.

On his part, a medical practitioner and researcher, Dr A.N Mozie, while reiterating the needs for government and his colleagues to help on the war against spreading of sickle cell anemia, said he had been alleviating the sufferings of people living with sickle cell disorder after God’s revelation to him to that effect.

He then asked the Association to assign him two of their members to treat so as to show the world that there is indeed hope for a healthy life for sickle cell patients

Earlier speaking, the Diocesan Hospital Administrator of Awka Anglican diocese, Venerable Samuel Okonkwo, JP, who represented the Anglican bishop of Awka Diocese, said the Anglican church is happy to associate with APLSCD, though, according to him, the church had been making effort to see that those sickle cell patients among them in their different parishes are healthy.

He praised Aisha for dissociating herself from NGOs who enrich themselves at the expense of the sufferers and prayed for the association and its members to fulfill their aims and destiny on earth.

Highlight of the event included special prayer session distribution of ten more well stocked first aid boxes Aisha shared to some of the patients in attendance and there was refreshment and interactive sessions.

Sharing her joy under condition of anonymity, a sickler  said; 'I look forward to subsequent meetings and I will continue to tell other sicklers about the association,' the lady submitted



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