For the first time in the history of Imo-State, the Government is obsessed by the possibilities of better healthcare development in the State, unleashing several ambulances and most recently, mobile clinics all free of charge for its citizens.
This aggressive approach to the improvement of the healthcare system in the State, fostered by the Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma has gingered the Diaspora community into total support of the healthcare project in Imo and as a result, Imo citizens living in the Diaspora, have opened up a serious conversation with the Governor’s Diaspora Office on strategies that can be used to support the State’s ongoing ‘recovering’ of its healthcare agenda.
To this effect a dozen of healthcare professionals (Doctors, Optometrists, Nurses etc) met with the SA DIASPORA to discuss strategic ways in which Diasporans can render their practical support to further propel the ‘better life’ agenda.
Information reaching us, confirms that following the meeting between the healthcare professionals (led by Dr. Emeka Okoro) and SA DIASPORA, a group of Diasporas in Boston Massachusetts, have already met to discuss ways of immediately commencing on some projects focusing on health, through the Imo Diaspora Office. Many more groups are said to be following suit.
Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert who we asked for her reaction on this, said, “My delight is that living in Imo will soon be an ambition to those who want to live a longer, healthier and better life. Average life expectancy in Imo will rise by 12%, this in itself is historic!
“The mission to achieve this feat will be a joined up approach by different stakeholders so that we can score the big results we are aiming for. My Boss, the Governor is aggressively setting up mechanisms for indigenes to access quick medical intervention; response vehicles meeting patients at their points of need not the opposite like the case has been in the past.
“Mortality rates will practically decrease. This level of seriousness from our Governor, is attracting more Diasporas especially from America and Asia. I am excited to see this accelerated change happening in our State, in my lifetime”, she stated.
Most rural areas have never seen ambulances or healthcare availability but due to the current climate, people are optimistic and more confident that their distress calls will be answered.