Olori Atuwatse III Launches Free Healthcare Initiative in Delta State
By Tetsoma Neyin
Olori Atuwatse III Launches Free Healthcare Initiative in Delta State
In a bid to improve lives and healthcare services for the people of Delta State, particularly the elderly, women and children, Her Majesty, Olori Atuwatse III of Warri Kingdom, has launched the Wuwu Ore initiative(mother's love) which is geared towards providing palliative care, advanced medical checks, treatments and medical screenings is also supported by His Majesty, the Olu of Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III as well as private and government stakeholders interested in the wellbeing of Deltans.
At the first occasion of the initiative held Saturday December 11, 2021, in the state, numerous indigenes from various communities converged at Ode Itsekiri, ancestral home of Itsekiris and were offered a wide range of free healthcare services ranging from Hematocrit screening, full blood count screening, malaria screening, blood glucose screening, retroviral screening, urine analysis to palliative packages such as first-aid kits, mosquito nets and other preventive healthcare materials by qualified healthcare professionals.
The beneficiaries after receiving their treatments, were given palliatives of various food items which included ground-nut oil, rice, beans, salt, wrapper, diapers, etc.
Speaking at the occasion, Olori Atuwatse III commended the effort of the initiative’s partners: Pro Health International, National Agency for the Control of AIDS [NACA], Delta State Action Committee on AIDS (DELSACA) & Caritas Nigeria, for collaborating with Warri Kingdom and the state, towards the welfare of its citizens.
According to the Olori, “It is indeed a moment of gratitude for myself, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III and the noble people of Delta State to experience this one-of-a-kind initiative that demands absolutely nothing but the presence and willingness of our people.
“Their presence to receive quality healthcare services and their willingness to partake of the quarterly activities slated for future outreaches is overwhelming. I am particularly grateful to our Co-Partners and all who have made it possible for the most vulnerable members of our society to begin to look forward to free and accessible healthcare. As a mother of this great kingdom, I am moved at the visible upliftment of my people today. I am fully committed to working together towards the vision of drastically reducing healthcare challenges prevalent in the remotest part of our kingdom and I have no doubt that this is achievable within the shortest possible time frame, provided we continue in this most impactful of true service.”
Warri Voice can state authoritatively that the initiative will hold quarterly in all Itsekiri Communities which wil adopt proven strategies to bring medical care to the doorsteps of indigenes and also, via a community referral process, bring emergency cases up for immediate attention by partners of the initiative.
As Queen and mother of the people, Olori Atuwatse III is passionate about improving childcare, maternal support and providing prompt and qualitative treatment for preventable diseases as well as critical illnesses such as HIV, Diabetes and Cancer and as the foundation grows, it aims to increase its partnership base in tandem with the needs of the people.
One of the Coordinators, Dr. Utake Ovwe said that the aim was to enable those in the riverine areas to have access to quality healthcare services.
Mrs. Felicia Ebitemije who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked Olori Atuwatse III for her kind gesture and love towards her people.
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