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13-year-old tuberculosis patient, others benefit from humanitarian service in Bayelsa state

13-year-old tuberculosis patient, others benefit from humanitarian service in Bayelsa state

- A 13-year-old boy has given a lifeline by a foundation in Bayelsa state which will help see to his overseas treatment of his tuberculosis and a scholarship after recovery

- The boy and another 38-year-old lady with goiter were identified by the foundation for special intervention in their health challenges

A 38-year-old woman simply identified as Pere and a 13-year-old boy also identified as Boi have been given a lifeline by a foundation in Bayelsa state, Mike olomu Foundation.

The 38-year-old Pere has swollen throat occasioned by goiter while 13-year-old Boi was diagnosed of tuberculosis during a free medical health programme put together by the foundation in Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state.

The foundation headed by Mike Olomu, during the programme and having identified the two, decided to foot the bill for the operation of the goiter and also promised to foot the bill for abroad treatment of the tuberculosis patient and an education scholarship on return back to Bayelsa state.

13-year-old tuberculosis patient, others benefit from humanitarian service in Bayelsa state

The 38-year-old woman being tested by the medical team in Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state. Photo: Mike Olomu Foundation

The two cases were discovered to be critical as Boi seen to have difficulty in walking following the long period the tuberculosis has been in his body.

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NAIJ.com reports that the two cases were among the over 1,400 cases the foundation attended to in six communities of Sagbama local government area which include Toru-orua, Bolou-orua, Ofoni, Ebedebiri, Angiama,angalabri.

Mike Olomu told a jubilant crowd at the Ebedebiri community that the decision to embark on the medical outreach was to touch lives of his people in the state.

According to him, though many of the people were expecting cash and gift distribution, he said: "‎The aim of the medical outreach is to touch the life of people by providing better and quality health care service for them to better the life of those that cannot afford quality health service in the area.

"Providing quality and better health care service to our people is the most precious gift anyone could give better than sending money or food items during festive period that will not benefit the entire Tarakiri clan in the local government."

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Mike Olomu, who is also the special assistant to the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, however,‎ called on political office holders and other meaningful Bayelsans not to embark on frivolous acquisition of wealth and building of huge houses to the detriment of the development of their communities,

He said: "People should stop building houses and buy cars they cannot manage after office and focus on the infrastructural development of their communities and improve the living condition of the people."

The coordinator of the medical team, Dr. Mac-Eteli, confirmed that the medical team attended to over 1,400 people with various medical cases bothering on pregnancy, eye, and other medical problems.

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