OAI HEALTHCARE PROGRAM
During the meeting,
it was disclosed that the healthcare program of OAI which ended abruptly
in December,2007 has been revived.
issues as enumerated by the physicians (Dr Orumili Okafor and Dr Azubike
Nweje) and the nurses helping with the day to day operation of the program
in Onitsha have been conclusively addressed. The program is scheduled
to commence operations on February 1, 2009.
were paid over Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000) to settle all the
dept owed them and had more contributions as gifts given to them by
Prof Nnayelugo John Uyanne (N40,000), Kpajie Ubaka Morah(N50,000) and
Ms Gloria Chio Chukwuma (N50,000).
committee that will help in the efforts of the program has been reconstituted
pending board approval. OAI healthcare program is focused
on the education and treatment of people suffering from high blood pressure
These two killer
diseases are now ranked the second(High blood pressure) and third (Diabetes)
highest killers of Nigerians with HIV disease topping the list as number
one-The punch of November 28,2007..
pressure is responsible for the high rate of Cerebrovascular accident
(Stroke), myocardial infarction (Heart attack) in Onitsha indigenous
community while Diabetes is responsible for the high rate of nerve damage,
eye /vision problems, kidney failures and consequently strokes and heart
death rate from the complications of untreated or poorly treated high
blood pressure and Diabetes in our indigenous community is very high
due to lack of specialized centers/poor access to healthcare/poverty
As our community
becomes more acculturated to Western styled living and lifestyle, it
is expected as has been in other communities that the incidence and
prevalence of these two killer diseases will rise and exact its toll
on the community.
In OAI healthcare
program, we have a singular unique opportunity to make a difference
in the lives of our people by recognizing that healthcare is not the
ultimate responsibility of governments but involves collaboration by
both private and public sectors as was loudly expounded by the Alma-Ata
declaration of 1978.