…As Golden Jubilee anniversary lurks
Christian Child Care centre, a non-governmental organization, located at Umuoba community in Uratta Owerri North LGA has officially opened a Clinic/Maternity healthcare centre. The project was heralded by a two-day free medical outreach organized for children, the less privileged and the aged.
The exercise which kicked off Friday August 27, with over 80 patients attended to, accommodated patients including indigenes and non indigenes of Uratta town.
Speaking to this reporter, founder of the centre, Very Rev. Msgr. Richard Onwuanibe said the exercise was to “mitigate the huge burden medical bills pose on the poor and the less privileged.”
He regretted that a good number of Nigerians, particularly those in the rural areas do not have access to quality healthcare due to the prevailing economic hardship in the country.
“This is the reason why the Christian Child Care centre exists and that’s why we’ve taken the pains to upgrade our medical facilities,” the Owerri Archdiocesan senior priest noted, maintaining that the centre “is all about giving help and hope to children, the poor and the aged.”
Urging him to throw more light on the two-day free medical program as the premises of the medical centre were alive with different faces of people, the octogenarian and Owerri-Nchi Ise pioneer priest said: “As you can see, the nurses and the doctor are all on hand giving attention to the patients. The program will not end today; it’ll continue tomorrow (Saturday August 28) and the patients are to be attended to free of charge.
Msgr. Onwuanibe also bared his mind on the upcoming golden jubilee anniversary of the centre, when he noted that the charity project was conceived in 1972.
“Yes, by the year 2022, the Christian Child Care will be 50years and we’re putting heads together to observe the landmark anniversary. The idea to establish the centre came to me in USA while I was on further studies as a young priest. It was an idea that aimed at helping children and the less privileged.
“We started with a Maternity Home; gradually we expanded to a Motherless Babies Home and a Nursery school section.
“Whereas the nursery school has since witnessed its expansion, with the addition of primary and secondary schools, what we do today is to inform the public the breakthrough we’ve recorded in our medical section. We’re using this free medical outreach to announce the opening of our new Clinic/Maternity.
“What this means is that we now have a handfull of nurses, a resident doctor, who is also our medical director, and a visiting surgeon. These medical personnel are all involved in this two-day medical outreach,” he noted.
At the event a notable number of patients who spoke to this reporter expressed gratitude to the founder and his healthcare givers, as they prayed God to bless and sustain their endeavors.