In compliance with the federal government call on Nigerians in the Diaspora to return home and participate in the health needs of their compatriots, a United States based Nigerian pharmacist, Victor Chinedu Egbulefu has indicated his willingness to attract a set of American doctors, specializing in various fields in medicine to Nigeria to help improve the health needs of the country.
He therefore acknowledged that Nigeria at this auspicious time needs help, adding that Nigerians in the Diaspora stand a better chance to save the country medically. He wants Abians in USA and other parts of the world to assist Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration in its efforts build infrastructures in the state.
The Nigerian-American, whose foundation, Victor Chinedu Egbulefu Foundation (VCEF) has so far treated about 3,000 patients with various degrees of sickness since it was founded three years ago, said many Nigerian-Americans and indeed other nationals are willing to help Nigeria build its health sector needs, adding that they could only do so if properly galvanized.
He spoke to newsmen in Aba when the foundation embarked on a treatment exercise at the Osusu Aba Civic Centre.
The pharmacist, believed that with the establishment of a good healthcare system in the country, no Nigerian will travel abroad for medical tourism, pointing out the poor rate health facilities across the nation is becoming worrisome and needs to be addressed.
The NGO, he added, treated people afflicted with stroke, high blood pressure, diabetics and various forms of eye problems amongst other sicknesses, pointing out that the category of people treated so far were those who could not access the hospital or clinic due to poverty.
“This is a human development organization which wants to give to the people what God and the society have given it. I source the drugs from my friends, colleagues and volunteers in the United States and can also get them to help in the health needs of Nigeria.
“We started this philanthropy in Osusu Aba and gradually we’ll move over to all parts of the Abia State, hoping to make more impact in state in the health sector soon. We’re also assisting young Nigerians to have formal education. Presently, we’ve given scholarship to some youths in primary, secondary and university levels”, he said.
Egbulefu therefore challenged Abia indigenes as well as other Nigerians in the Diaspora to come back home and assist in developing the home front instead criticising Nigerians leaders from abroad.
One of the doctors who treated patients at the event, Dr Emmanuel Emeka Ogbonna described the drugs administered to patients as quality drugs, imported from abroad and expressed appreciation that Egbulefu, as a young man, recognized the need to assist the less privileged in Nigeria who are unable to afford the high cost of medicare in the country to receive medical succour.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.