How Some Violent Youths In Osisioma Disrupted Prof Ibe’s Free Medicare On Sunday

How Some Violent Youths In Osisioma Disrupted Prof Ibe’s Free Medicare On Sunday

There was a mild drama on Sunday as a group of violent youths, armed with weapons, prevented a team of medics sent by Prof Gregory Ibe Free Medical Programme from carrying out a free medical outreach in Osisioma LGA of Abia State.

According to Dr Ojum Ogwo, Coordinator of the Prof Gregory Ibe Medical and Surgical Outreach, trouble started when a group of angry youths prevented the fifty man medical team undertaking the programme from accessing the scheduled Abayi Council Hall, on the claim that they had earlier secured the venue for an event.

However, on further investigation, it was discovered that the youths’ event which turned out to be a new yam celebration was actually billed for a September date.

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Despite the presence of many patients who had gathered from remote parts of Osisioma Local Government Area to benefit from the exercise, the youths frustrated every effort to resolve the issue, threatening that they were directed by a governorship candidate from Osisioma to attack the medical team if they insisted on continuing with the exercise.

Subsequently, it was a frustrated medical team that retreated to a safe haven in Aba, taking with them the medical supplies meant for Osisioma Local Government Area, to the disappointment of the helpless patients.

Our Reporter gathered that the Prof Gregory Ibe Free Medical and Surgical Outreach is a social intervention programme initiated by Prof Gregory Ibe in 1991 to afford indigent members of the society the opportunity of receiving solutions to their health challenges.

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The current ongoing 2022 edition has already treated over 10,000 patients while distributing more than 3500 eye glasses in 12 Local Government Areas of Abia state.

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.

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