Abia NAWOJ visits accident victim in Umuahia hospital, donates cash
Emotions of residents, patients and staff of Madonna Catholic Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia again ran high when the delegation of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Abia State Council led by Mrs Oluchi Lechi-Ikechukwu, Caretaker Committee Chairperson visited the hospital to commiserate with the family and victim of fatal road accident at the Isi-court area of the capital city.
Little Miss Ogbonnaya Marvelous, aged 11 from Izzi L.G.A, of Ebonyi state was referred to the Federal Medical Centre from Madonna Catholic Hospital and currently at Intensive Care Unit and on life support because of intermittent system seizure.
The doctors and nurses on ground informed that the girl has been at FMC for about 4 days.
They passionately appealed to the government, corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the mother, as the victim needs financial support to help run some CT scan, other investigations and also get some prescribed drugs to help stop further brain damages.
Speaking, Sunday, during the humanitarian visit at the FMC Umuahia, Mrs Oluchi Lechi-Ikechukwu who went emotional prayed God for speedy recovery of the young girl.
While exposing and expounding some of the road safety tips for children, Mrs Lechi-Ikechukwu said by setting a good example, parents can make sure their children remains safe and develops road and traffic awareness.
The Abia NAWOJ caretaker committee chairperson who also appreciated the road safety awareness campaigns by the FRSC, further advised the personnel to routinely visit motor parks in Umuahia and also organize seminars for vehicle owners, to educate drivers on substance abuse, routine eye check, drunk driving and others.
She carefully observed that the road is not the only factor that causes accidents, that the drivers too need to be cautioned against taking substances that could blur their vision or negatively affect their alertness while driving.
She pointed out that kids are impulsive and they lack patience, and It is not a new scenario when kids leave the hands of their parents or guardians and run on roads which might cause accidents or create chances of accidents, advising that the use of the simulated training program, a novel and safe way, would help to improve road crossing decisions for children.
Making a cash donation on behalf of NAWOJ caretaker committee to Mrs Ijeoma Ogbonnaya, the mother of the victim, Mrs Lechi-Ikechukwu seized the opportunity to call on Abia NAWOJIANS to remain steadfast and demonstrate more patriotism by shunning divisive tendencies and bigotry.
She also urged them to focus on building a better and greater Abia NAWOJ of their dreams where everyone is recognized and appreciated.
She maintained that there is the need for more commitment towards a better Abia NAWOJ
by all concerned, adding, “It is our fervent prayers that NAWOJ in Abia State shall surely overcome its present challenges”
“As NAWOJIANS, we should as part of building the Association, take it as a collective responsibility to make things work for the collective good of all”, she added.