Medical Women urge establishment of mobile clinics nationwide
The new president of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Enugu State Branch, Dr. Esther Ekwe, has called for the establishment of mobile clinics in all parts of the country to ensure that Nigerians have easy access to health care.
Ekwe, who is a cardiologist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, explained that her call had become necessary in view of the difficulty faced by people in rural communities in accessing care, as well as the near absence of functional health centres at the hinterland.
She also recommended an incentive to lure medical doctors to rural areas as many of them share away from rural posting.
Speaking after being installed the 15th president of the Enugu state branch, the medical practitioner urged governments at all levels to make adequate budgetary allocations to the health care for the people.
Ekwe, who graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1998, further explained that the women body was a coalition of concerned women who are bothered about family health, with special emphasis on women and the girl-child.
She continued: in this regard, we have successfully and consistently executed tailor-suited health programmes that urgently address the health challenges of the average woman, such as the breast and cervical cancer screening which aimed at early detection and control, and this has necessitated the printing and distribution of awareness handbills and leaflets to communities, markets and health care centres throughout the country.
Responding after receiving the 2016 gold merit award of the association, the prince of Mburubu, in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu state, Lawrence Ezeh, thanked the group for recognising his little contribution to society.
Prince Eze, however, dedicated the award to his dear wife, adding that the lady has been a pillar in his life, even as he recognised that the day was a special day for women.
Eze attracted the state award barely four weeks after he reconstructed three bridges that had kept six large communities in Nkanu East Local government area of Enugu state in bondage for almost 107 years.
Apart from the bridge construction, Prince Eze, was honoured for Philanthropy and contribution to rural development.
Ugoeze Hildegard Ebigbo, wife of the former deputy vice chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, Prof. Emeritus, Peter Ebigbo and Prof. Emeritus Nene Obianyo, were also honoured at the occasion. Prof. Obianyo was honoured for her role in the first separation of Siamese twins in Africa in 1976, while Ugoeze Hildegard Ebigbo bagged the honour for training, rehabilitating and empowering over 200,000 mentally retarded children and normal children in her Therapeutic schools and sheltered workshop institutions at Abakpa, Enugu state and Ihiala, Anambara State.
The event attracted the cream of medical personnel and captains of industry from within and outside the country.