US-based group commences free medicare in Enugu



Hope-Care Foundation, a US based Non Governmental Organisation, will embark on a two-day free medi-care in general medicine to residents of Enugu and beyond.

The foundation says it will carry out the exercise through its subsidiaries, Hopecare Medical Center, Enugu from May 15 to May 16.

The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Dr. Samuel Ngwu announced this on Tuesday in Enugu during the inauguration of the state-of-the-art medical facility in the state capital.

Ngwu, who is the founder and chief medical consultant of the facility, said that the free medical scheme would herald the official opening of the hospital.

He said that the exercise would include the diagnosis and treatment of all types of illnesses affecting the most vulnerable in the society including the poor, elderly and infants.

The American trained doctor and specialist in traumatic care, said that the hospital was established in the state with a view to complementing what the government was doing in the sector.

“Hopecare Foundation came into being because of the many health challenges in Africa, especially my home country, which like many other third world countries has an under-developed health system.

“Our agenda is to complement what the state government is doing in providing health care support and succor to the people.

“Our main focus is on the education of the people on various health issues and will continue to partner with government at all levels to organise training for the people,” he said.

The former commissioner for health in the state said that the hospital would be involved in evidence based medicine with focus on primary health care.

He said that the facility had a collaborative agreement with some Indian based hospitals which would serve as referral centres in some cases.

“We are here to bring efficient healthcare system to our people,” Ngwu said.

In a good will message, the Chairman of Enugu Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), Dr. I. Okwesili, said that the poor state of medical facilities in the country had necessitated such investments.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ngwu has been at the forefront of a yearly medical mission involving doctors from the United States of America to Enugu State.


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