Raymond Ozoji, Awka
In fulfillment of her promise, the wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder of charity organization, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Dr Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, has gifted Mr Shedrack Odo, an accident victim who lost an arm and leg last year, and 255 other physically challenged persons with free prosthetics.
The excited and grateful beneficiaries were fitted with matching prosthetics at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
The exercise, run free of charge, has seen a total of 2,255 beneficiaries, which include residents and persons from within and outside Anambra State, receive the artificial fittings over the last few years.
Airing her feelings shortly after being fitted with a prostethic limb, a septuagenarian, Mrs Paulina Ezenwosu, who came from Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area, said that she felt better with the new fitting, and appreciated Mrs Obiano for making the provision available for free.
For Mr Michael Chinwuba, who just got a prostethic fitting for his right limb, even though the process is taking him time to adjust, it felt good to have something almost similar to his leg having been walking on crutches for a long time.
Mr Greg Ikeamaka Nnadozie who hails from Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area, but resides in Abia State, was led to the venue by his wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu Ikeamaka.
His movement has been aided by a pair of crutches for three years after having his left limb amputated and heard about the programme through a family member.
According to the couple, the new prostethic limb was significant because the man could now finally get rid of the crutches and do certain things on his own.
They prayed for the governor’s wife for always turning up for the people, especially the less privileged, and blessed her life’s endeavours.
It is however noteworthy to say that the governor’s wife also runs a similar programme in partnership with Smile International, that sponsors free surgery for children with cleft lip and palate deformity at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
The governor’s wife has also built about 28 houses made up of 2 and 3 bedrooms free of charge for indigent widows in the communities.