…As SA Diaspora, Celia Osakwe-Hibbert Meets Medical Professionals
By JAMES EZEMA
For the first time in the history of Imo-State, the Government is obsessed by the possibilities of better healthcare development in the State, unleashing several ambulances and most recently, mobile clinics all free of charge for its citizens.
The aggressive approach to the improvement of the Imo State healthcare system, was fostered by the state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
The move has gingered the Diaspora community into total support of the healthcare project.
Abuja Business Reports gathered that to this end, Imo citizens living in the Diaspora, have opened up a serious conversation with the Governor’s Diaspora Office on strategies that can be used to support the State’s ongoing ‘recovering’ of its healthcare agenda.
This is why a dozen of healthcare professionals, including Doctors, Optometrists, Nurses, among others, recently met with the SA Diaspora to the Governor, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert to discuss strategic ways in which Diasporans can render their practical support to further propel the ‘better life’ agenda.
Abuja Business Reports can confirm that following the meeting between the healthcare professionals led by Dr. Emeka Okoro and the SA Diaspora, a group of Diasporans in Boston Massachusetts, have already met to discuss ways of immediately commencing on some projects focusing on health, through the Imo State Diaspora Office.
It was gathered that many more groups are making preparations to to collaborate with the state government in all sectors.
The SA Diaspora, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert in her reaction to the development, told our correspondent that “My delight is that living in Imo will soon be an ambition to those who want to live a longer, healthier and better life.
“Average life expectancy in Imo will rise by 12%; this in itself is historic! The mission to achieve this feat will be a joined up approach by different stakeholders so that we can score the big results we are aiming for!
“My Boss, the Governor is aggressively setting up mechanisms for indigenes to access quick medical intervention; (with) response vehicles meeting patients at their points of need (and) not the opposite, like the case has been in the past.
“Mortality rates will practically decrease. This level of seriousness from our Governor, is attracting more Diasporans, especially from America and Asia. I’m excited to see this accelerated change happening in our State, in my lifetime”, Hon. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert said.
She added that, “hitherto, most of rural areas never have seen ambulances or healthcare availability but due to the current climate, people are optimistic and more confident that their distress calls will be answered at their points of need.”