• Urges intending couples to know their genotype
• Warri South Council Chairman lauds initiative
By Our Reporter
Wife of Delta State Governor and founder, O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa, on Friday July 30, commissioned a sickle cell clinics at the Central Hospital, Warri in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta.
The clinic at Warri Central Hospital, is the 18th of it’s kind to be established in the state by the wife of the Governor under the 05 Innitiative which she champions.
Some equipment at the clinic include; Haematospin machines, genotype tanks, electrophoresis machines, Mindray BC 20 analyzer matching, stocks of reagents, as well as refurbished laboratories, waiting room and beds.
Having previously established over 17 sickle cell clinics across 17 different local government areas, Dame Okowa during the inaugural ceremony, said that the sickle cell clinic in Warri is among the best in the state.
She’s said, ”The commissioning of these clinics has been a long term desire so as to help cater for the health needs of those living with sickle cell disorder in Warri and it’s environs.
“Beyond establishing these clinic however, our desire is to make these facilities accessible to those who need it and it’s our desire to ensure that before the end of 2023, all the hospitals in the 25 local government areas of the state, have a sickle cell clinic.
Meanwhile, she cautioned intending couples to endeavour to know their genotype status before taking marital decisions to avoid giving birth to children with the sickle cell disorder.
“It is our desire to see that the peculiar needs of these ‘warriors’, as we choose to call them, are met in the midst of the teeming health challenges of the growing population. This is exactly why we are establishing special clinics that would be accessible to them”, she added.
The O5 Initiative founder enjoined the community to make proper use of the facilities for the benefit the people, emphasizing that the equipment should not be sold or relocated to other health facilities.
“I am pleading on behalf of the 05 team that we must sustain this clinic. When people come to use these facilities, they should be charged at subsidized rate so that we could be able to service these machines. We want our children’s children to make use of this facility too.
“The new-born babies screening machine that we have here in Warri is the only one in Delta and this is courtesy of your son’s and your daughters who have provided the funds for the purchase of the equipment for the clinic.
She commended the contributions of the Warri South council chairman, Dr Michael Tidi, the member representing Warri Federal Constituency, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, PDP chieftain, Dr Joseph Otumara and other leaders of Warri South Council for making the clinic a reality.
The Director General of the Initiative, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, earlier in her address, emphasized that the projects were in line with the vision of O5 Initiative, which is centred on making life better for those in need of the service that the clinic provides.
Chairman of the Warri South Local Government Area, Dr Michael Tidi in an interview with newsmen commended the effort of the First Lady, saying; “What Her Excellency has done has placed Warri in the world map.”
“Our hope is that the facility will be put to judicious use and we also hope that the warriors will find succour whenever they run to this centre,” he said.
He urged staffers of Central Hospital, Warri to maintain the facility as they have been known to do over the years, adding that he had explicit trust in the staffers that they will do their best to take care of the facility.
PHOTO: Dame Edith Okowa, wife of the Delta State Governor (2nd right), His Majesty, Emmanuel Okumagba, the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom (left), Hon Thomas Ereyitomi, member representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Assembly (2nd left) Dr Joseph Otumara (middle) Dr Michael Tidi (2nd right) and others during the inauguration of the Sickle Cell Clinic in Central Hospital, Warri, Friday.