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World Diabetes Day: Ibusa gets Diabetes Screening and treatment center

Mrs Tonia Akindele
Founder,The Light Diabetes Organisation

By: Ike Philip Abiagom

The Light Diabetes Organisation has kick started the construction of an Ultra-Modern Diabetes Screening and Treatment Centre at Ibusa, Delta State.

The Multi-million-naira Diabetes treatment facility will serve people in the Delta Northern Senatorial district of state ,neighbouring Anambra, Ebonyi, as well as Edo State as it would be a fully equipped facility also with an ambulance.

The founder of The Light Diabetes Organisation, Mrs Tonia Nkem Akindele nee Elumelu said the need to improve the quality of live of the people was the brain behind establishment and the construction of the facility.

She told newsmen that the project was significant as it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the The Light Diabetes Organisation in Nigeria. Mrs Akindele disclosed that studies show that at least 60 persons die daily from diabetes related illnesses in Nigeria.

“This informed the need for this facility which will after for the health needs of this in surrounding communities while providing a point of care for screening and treatment to help avert the looming numbers recorded nationwide and render service towards improving our communities and humanity.

“Underprivileged families in these communities can confidently walk into a modern facility without the fear of huge financial cost to seek screening and help in diabetes related ailments.

“This will in effect encourage a drop in the prevalent death records due to diabetes related issues.

“Our investment here will help ensure that the people of Oshimili ,Aniocha and Delta at large will have the health infrastructure that meets international standards to efficiently prosecute diabetes related concerns and other medical issues connected to it” she said

Speaking further ,she hinted that their investment in strengthening Nigeria’s health system was considerably beyond just constructing buildings as they build as well as equip.

The Light Diabetes Organisation is working closely with federal, state and local governments to improve the quality of life and general wellbeing of its citizens across its six thematic areas of focus.

“They include ; hunger, environment, youth empowerment, vision, pediatric cancer advocacy as well as diabetes,” she concluded.

On her part, the Chairman of Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria{ACNPN} Comrade Jude Obiemenyego said they are proud of what The Light Diabetes Organisation is presently doing in Ibusa as it is now becoming a new centre of excellence for health.

According to him ,it would save a lot of people living in the Delta north as well as people coming from neighbouring Edo,Anambra,Enugu as well as Benue State.

“Many will no longer have to travel far or go to Lagos to get screened or treatment, The Light Diabetes Organisation has brought succour to our people ,” he said .

Delta State House of Assembly aspirant for the Oshimili North Constituency on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM),Sir (Dr)Felix Chuks Okonji(OMELORA) said the project is a high impact project, laudable and pledged his commitment to ensure the project is completed.

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