Fred Oghenesivbe (EA Communications).

Wife of Delta State governor and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dame Edith Okowa known for her large heart for charity, recently put smile on the faces of ten patients stranded at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba by off-setting their medical bills.

The First Lady of Delta also used the occasion of the 2017 Charity Day to advise Nigerians to make “giving” a way of life adding that it is very important for the “haves” to always assist the “have- nots” as a way of touching lives, bridging socioeconomic gaps and making our world a better place to live in.

“There is more to life than just living in it. We must do those things that will make people to remember us for good and not for evil when we are gone home to meet our maker.

“I wish to use this occasion to once again appeal to us to look around and help those in need. Charity is a divine injunction and we must take it seriously. You don’t have to be a millionaire to give to the needy. Give from the little that God placed in your hands.

“My calling is to extensively use the 05 Initiative to impact lives and we have been going round the State; touching so many lives and its been very inspiring. We enjoy putting smile on the faces of people that come our way.

“We are here today at FMC to off-set medical bills for 10 stranded patients at a total sum of N2.3 million. They must leave this medical centre today to join their families and loved ones..

“I must not fail to thank our partners and donors for their financial assistance which has enabled us to commission several health projects across the three senatorial districts, and for our charity projects.”

The 10 patients were treated and discharged by the hospital management but got stranded due to their families inability to raise the required money to pay medical bills.

It is the tradition in medical field and practice that discharged patients may not gain freedom until medical bills are paid. This was the unfortunate situation the ten patients found themselves until Dame Okowa and her 05 Initiatives team arrived the centre on world charity day.

She disclosed that her NGO had in the past paid bills for several other people in similar circumstances across the three senatorial districts in the state.

The 05 Initiative built Sickle Cell Clinics with free drug supplies in general hospitals at Agbor in Delta North, Koko in Delta South, Ughelli and Jeremi in Delta Central and still counting.

The ten patients and their families were full of praises to God and thanked Dame Edith Okowa for wiping away their tears and for her gold heart, and passion for indigent members of the society and other categories of less privileged citizens across Delta State.

The lucky patients described their situation as shameful, pitiable and agonizing. They prayed God to grant Dame Okowa and her team God’s special grace, excellent health and uncommon divine favour.

Dame Okowa spent quality time at the medical centre with the patients and had one-on-one interactions with them while the Director-General of 05 Initiative , Mrs Kevwe Agas and her team ensured that the day was worthwhile and memorable for the patients.

The SMART AGENDA of Okowa administration is about prosperity, good governance and maximum care for the good people of Delta State.

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