. . . Kicks against Drug Abuse
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
No fewer than 200 individuals were beneficiaries from the recent free medical outreach that was organized and sponsored by the member representing Aguata Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Chief Chukwuma Umeoji, for his Aguata constituents.
The free medical outreach which was held at the Aguata Local Government Secretariat on December 30, 2019, in honour of the legislator’s late father, Hon Major Andy Umeoji, coincided with a Sensitization/Awareness Seminar on the Dangers and Effects of Drug Abuse.
Medical services offered by the team of medical experts to the beneficiaries included medication for arthritis, hypertension and diabetes; treatment of common diseases such as malaria, enteric fever, peptic ulcer, abdominal pain, pneumonia and gastro enteritis, among others.
Also were preventive health education services against endemic diseases, treatment of common childhood diseases, dental care services and eye care services which included provision of eye glasses; distribution of free treated mosquito nets and supplements for malnourished children.
The free medicare which recorded a large turnout of children, youths, men, women, politicians and community leaders, was for people of all ages of the Constituency.
Declaring the double exercise open at the local Government Secretariat, Hon Umeoji (Oba Aguata), noted that the medicare and seminar were part of his programmes to contribute to quality healthcare and drug abuse free society for the masses.
Umeoji called for what he described as individual and collective efforts on the part of all, especially the elders, to educate the youths against drug abuse, saying that an end to drug abuse would help in the reduction of crime.
He exhorted those who indulged in hard drugs when faced with challenges to desist from such actions, which according to him, constituted adverse health effects, noting that drugs were not the way out of crisis.
The federal legislator commended the Chairman, Aguata LG Council, Hon Dr EcheEzeibe and the Anambra State Commander of Nigerian Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Ibris Mohammed Musbau, for their presence and support to the events. This was even as he charged the youths that attended the sensitization seminar, to take home what they learnt, and be ambassadors of a drug free society.
Sensitizing the youths at the seminar which was held at the Council’s Chamber of the LG Secretariat, the Anambra State NDLEA boss, Alhaji Musbau, described the sensitization seminar as what enlightened the youths on the adverse effects of drugs, and the need to dissociate themselves from drug abuse which he described as an ill wind.
Musbau commended Hon Umeoji for organizing the seminar, which, according to him, would contribute to the capacity building of the youths.
For his part, the Chairman of Aguata Local Government Council, Hon. DrEzeibe, extolled Umeoji for the free medical outreach which he said would address the many health challenges of the people. The LG boss cautioned the youths on the dangers of drug abuse.
Speaking to the press, one of the beneficiaries of the free medicare, Igwe Alfred Ezeobi Onwuneme, Alupuoaku of Ikenga, rated the quality of medical experts, services offered and drugs given out at the medical outreach. The monarch extolled Umeoji for the services provided, which he described as worthwhile, noting that it registered lasting positive impressions in the hearts of the masses.