The lawmaker representing Awka South State Constituency 2 in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Chukwuma Pius Okoye, has flagged off a six-day free dental care services for seven communities that made up the constituency.
The Paradise News gathered that the benefitting communities include Amawbia, Nibo, Nise, Ishiagu, Umauwulu, Mbaukwu and Ibenato, all in Awka South Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing constituents who came out for the dental treatment on Tuesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church Amaowbia, the lawmaker disclosed that the gesture was part of his mandate to deliver dividends of democracy to his people.
He said the check-up and treatments were free of charge.
According to him, the outreach, which is the first in the series, is part of his empowerment programme geared towards bringing health care services closer to the constituents across the seven communities.
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He stated that he has carried out dental surgeries and treatments for various teeth ailments and he has also distributed drugs to persons with teeth problems after surgery, adding that the free healthcare covered diagnosis, medical advice, surgery, tests and other services.
Okoye described the programme as part of his initiative to provide his constituents access to quality health care.
The lawmaker said: ”What we are doing is not an accident, but a deliberate effort in line with my parliamentary focus that targets strengthening our economy through the people’s wellness.
“The dental medical outreach we are carrying out does not stop us from our commitment to health sector development within the constituency and beyond.”
He noted that the health programme which commenced Tuesday 2nd August 2022, is expected to end on August 6th, 2022, at Ishiagu Civic Centre in Awka South LGA.
He thanked some of his supporters, security, the media and other stakeholders who witnessed the programme.
Ms Cynthia Chiamaka, who spoke to reporters in an interview after recieving her treatment, explained that the dental care programme organized by the lawmaker, has relieved her of a chronic toothache.
According to her, “I have been waiting for this programme for the past four years to commence in my community (Amawbia), as being done in other communities, to remove my teeth and thank God that it has happened”.
She appreciated Hon. Chukwuma Okoye, for taking care of the constituents not minding the cost.
The former Youth Chairman of Amawbia community, Uncle Paul, who also came for the removal and treatment of his teeth, said the programme is not basically for Hon. Okoye, to campaign for reelection, saying it was part of efforts to take care of his constituents.
“I attend this dental programme because I have an issue with my teeth and see this as an avenue to see a dentist. I have benefited immensely from his programmes and I always pray for him”, he added.
The chief dentist of the outreach, Dr. Uzochukwu Nwokolo, while speaking with journalists during the programme, said dental treatment is very expensive which contributed to why people could not afford it.
He said, “This is a great opportunity for people to have dental treatment, especially in this locality. We noticed that people come out with poor hygiene, bad teeth we have done extraction today and cleaned people’s teeth. It is a great privilege for people that reside in this constituency.”