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Home sweet Home may have been what the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Peter Ojie remembered as he bank rolled the one-week free eye care service to 2,500 physically impaired persons in conjunction with Tulsi-Chanrai Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization and Ogoja Local Government Council.
The exercise which was described by participants as a welcomed development, recorded a large turn-out with many of the patients attributing it to the Commissioner’s rumored political ambition of becoming a Senator representing Northern Cross River in the National Assembly.
The patients with eye related cases across the ten wards of Ogoja Local Government Area benefited from the gesture.
Supervisor for Health in the local government, Mrs. Martha Abang said Ogoja Urban 1/2 and Mbube West 1/2 had 15 patients each who underwent major eye operation, Nkum Irrede & Iborr, and Ekajuk 1&2 had 10 & 5, while Mbube East 1 & 2 had 10 major operations carried out respectively.
According to the local government health supervisor, out of the total number of patients who went for the eye treatment exercise, 35 were referred to general hospital Calabar for major operation.
One of the beneficiaries, Chief Thomas Igbaji, thanked the sponsor of the program and urged others to emulate Peter Ojie for bringing such program closer to the people.
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