Amuzi, Ahiazu-Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria: December 31, 2017: The Eze Cletus and Ugoeze Dorathy Oparaoji Memorial Educational Foundation (ECUDOMEF), 2017 annual health and wellness outreach programs held successfully at Amuzi, in a rural Igbo Nigerian/African community, during the Christmas holidays. This year’s health fair which constituted the core of the program was mostly sponsored by Mendel Pharmacy Inc. of Maryland USA, had over 20 healthcare workers- Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists and others in attendant, who provide free medical check-ups and treated over 300 patients from Amuzi and surrounding villages, with ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal, respiratory tract and urinary infections, malaria, head and body aches and others. Since inception the program has treated over 4000 patients.
The medical outreach program is directed by US based Dr (Mrs) Genevieve N. Nwigwe, and assisted by Dr. Chinemerem Onwuliri (chairman LOC) of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu. Other members of the team are Dr (Mrs) Ijeoma Dozie, Consultant at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. (Mrs) Ify Onwuliri-Abuja based physician and Dr. Emeka Oparaoji of Temple University, USA.
The ECUDOMEF Wellness outreach component also lived up to its reputation, as it put smiles on faces of individuals with varying debilitating physical challenges and their families.
Typical of such cases were Messrs. Agomuo Egwim and Ahiwe Ekeocha. Elder Agomuo has been afflicted with stroke and mostly homebound. When visited by Professor Eddie Oparaoji- founder ECUDOMEF, he acknowledged that his health was improving but expressed regrets the he’s unable to go beyond his bedroom door for fresh air and/or sunshine. Following that visit Professor Oparaoji arranged for a wheel chair be delivered to him to enable him experience and enjoy the outdoors again. The wheelchair has since been delivered and Elder Agomuo now cannot get enough of the outdoors.
Mr. Ahiwe Ekeocha has been an active paraplegic since birth, very proud and loquacious, but with old age, then loss of vision came inability to generate income. When he was visited by Her Excellency Professor (Noble Lady) Viola Onwuliri, ECUDOMEF Board Chair, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education, during ECUDOMEF’s “Share-a-Meal-with-the-Elderly” outing, Mr Ahiwe narrated how he has been experiencing sleeplessness, from the discomfort of his bed.
On inspection Professor Onwuliri was horrified at the tattered state of his bamboo bed, and immediately ordered delivery of a new bed and mattress for the physically and visually incapacitated Mr. Ahiwe. He not only sleeps very soundly now, he has been showing off his new bed. When asked, how he can show off anything when he cant see, he said “I slept on a tattered bamboo bed where half of me was always on the floor for many months, I can tell the difference- it is like night and day” (translated from Igbo)