Joseph-Penawou Foundation Medical Outreach To Benefit 3,000 People

A three-day medical outreach programme organized by the Joseph-Penawou Foundation has led to the benefit of more than 3000 residents of the Bomadi, Burutu, and Ughelli South Council Areas of Delta State.

Chief Joseph Penawou, the Chairman of the foundation, spoke at the Free Medical outreach programme’s opening ceremony at Akugbene town, Bomadi Council Area of Delta State. He said that the programme had been part of his efforts to reach out and provide better and quality health services to his people.

Chief Penawou who is the ‘Iyasere’ (traditional Prime Minister) of Akugbene-Mein Kingdom stressed that his foundation has been touching the lives of people especially the indigent ones for them to have a sense of belonging for the past 10 years.

He further noted that this was the 2nd edition of the medical outreach programme and that it is an annual event, a non-profit venture solely to give the people a new lease of life. He urged that the people to take advantage of the medical outreach programme and get treated, emphasising that the medical team was composed of specialists from different fields.


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Dr. Stephen Dafe, the Co-ordinator of the medical outreach programme, spoke to journalists at the end of the 3-day programme describing it as a huge success and pointed out that a total of more than 3000 people benefited from the exercise. Dr. Dafe held that their target audience was adults, pregnant women and the elderly ones expressing joy that it was not just indigenes of Akugbene town that took advantage of the medical outreach programme but people from Oboro, Okpokunou in Burutu Council Area and people from Okuoma, Gbaregolor in Ughelli South Council Area also benefited. While giving details of the area of health care services that were provided, he said that gynecology and obstetrics, dentistry, optometry, medical care, pharmaceutical services and medical laboratory services were all provided for those in need of it.

Mr. Ebitonmor Barah from Akugbene town and Mrs. Waire Okpako from Okuoma community, who were a few of the beneficiaries, thanked Chief Joseph Penawou for the medical outreach programme, saying that the outreach has saved the cost for them to get medical attention outside the community. They said many people who could not afford medical bills outside were given drugs to treat their illness and they would remain grateful to Chief Joseph Penawou.