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Rotary Club offers free medicare to Awka community

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 ROTARY Club of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, District 9142, in partnership with Awka Eye Clinic, recently offered free 100 eye glasses with drugs to  indigent people of Umuonaga Village, in Awka South LGA. The event,  which held at Umuonaga Village Hall was one way Rotary reaches out to the less privileges, as well as being in line with the Rotary 4-Way Test.

  President of the Rotary Club, Rotarian Kanayochukwu Obidigbo  said that everybody was expected to have free medication and eye glasses,  especially for those with minor cases, whereas those that needed special attention would  be referred to the clinic for further examination. He urged people to exercise patience, adding that they would be attended to serially, as their names were written.

“I will be highly impressed that everyone received his or her glasses today according to the doctor’s directives,” he said. Other Rotarians who were present during the exercise include the Assistant Governor of Zone 8, District 9142 , Rotarian Dr. Dennis Ekemezie  and Rotarian Ken Eduzor.

  The exercise centred more on glaucoma, cataract and pterygium. It was also recorded that  88 patients received glasses and treatment whereas 12 cataract patients and nine glaucoma patients were referred to the clinic. Others who needed special order for  lenses were also referred to the clinic after giving them reading glasses.

  An optometrist doctor who was in charge of  diagnosis, Johnbosco Ehirim urged all the patients to take proper care of their eyes and use their medications as  instructed, adding that it is safer to prevent eye problems than allowing it develop to a worse situation. “Often times, we ignore to take proper care of our bodies and also forget that prevention is better than cure.

  Dr Ehirim also advised patients that needed further examination for critical cases to visit Awka Eye Clinic at any time and get 50 per cent discount of their charges. Other specialist from the hospital during tthe exercise include Ngozi Umerie and Ngozi Analokwu.

  One of the participants , Mr. Osita Chibogu who is also a native of Umuonaga said that after undergoing series of diagnosis, he received his glasses freely as well as drugs for regular medication. He said “I was treated very well and I received my glasses for reading and sight.

The way they examined my eye was very nice. I can read words within a short and far distance except if it is written in a very tiny form. They verified it when I was asked to read from their books which were written in different sizes of letters and I did all the exercise using their treated glasses before I was given mine.”

  Mrs. Grace Ezenwa who was also a participant expressed her joy towards the level of treatment she received. In her words “I’m happy because they treatment me freely and also said that they will give me 50 percent discount of my charges when I come to the clinic.”

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