By Henshaw NYONG
Over one thousand eight hundred (1,800) residents and inhabitants of Ikot Abasi and nearby Local Government Areas, on Monday, poured commendation on their son; the Managing Director of HENSEK Integrated Services, Engr Uwem Okoko, after benefiting from his absolutely free medical care.
The gargantuan crowd who benefited from the exercise, flagged off by the leading indigenous construction giant in conjunction with the Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, said it was the first of its kind in the history of the area.
The 5 day free medical care according to the donor which is part of the activities to mark the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Akwa Ibom State took place at the General Hospital, Ikot Abasi.
Speaking with our reporter, one of the beneficiaries; Stephen Stephen, from Ukpum Ette, said the exercise had brought unquantifiable relief to the people of the area.
Stephen, a graduate of Business Administration and Sunday School teacher, hailed Engr Okoko and NMA, Akwa Ibom State Chapter over the initiative and urged other organization to take a cue from HENSEK.
“Believe me, I’m deeply grateful to our illustrious son and brother, Engr Uwem Okoko for this noble and rare gesture. You can see the joy in the faces of our people; there many people who have been sick for a long time but couldn’t afford medical care, but it has come free today. It’s not ending today, we still have four more days to benefit from his massive milk of human kindness. We are most excited and thankful and I say may God bless him”, he declared.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ime Essien Ekere, who went home with a free reading glass and drugs, said it was a great relief for her.
Mrs Ekere, a peasant farmer and women leader in the Apostolic Church said, she had been having challenges with ability to read with her eyes for years.
In her words: “When the announcement was made that there will be free medical services for us in this part of the word, I did not take it seriously. I thought it was one of those political promises and hype. In fact, my daughter had to force me to come here and I had to do that sluggishly. With the health education that we have been given, test and drugs that we have received, I have seen for myself that Engr Uwem Okoko is God-sent.
“My prayer is that God should replenish him so that he can continue to do this” she said.
Another beneficiary, Paul Bassey, who was examined and given drugs, also thanked the organizers for touching lives of indigenes and residents of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
The Donor; Engr Uwem Okoko, said the initiative was part of family’s effort to complementing the Udom Emmanuel led government in Akwa Ibom State in boosting the healthcare of the people and promised to make the medical outreach an annual event for the people of the area and environs.
However, the team of physicians from the Nigerian Media Association (NMA) Akwa Ibom State Chapter, expressed satisfaction with the peoples’ response to the programme, stressing that the outcome was impressive.
They said that on the first day of the exercise, more than 550 people were treated while more people were coming for assessment and treatment for the one week exercise which will end on the Friday, 8th September, 2017.
Meanwhile, the programme will be officially flagged off this morning at the General Hospital, Ikot Abasi, by the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon (Barr) Onofiok Luke. Everyone is invited.