Delta Governor’s Wife Establishes 16th Sickle Cell Clinic, Promise To Cover Remaining Councils


Wife of the Delta State governor, Dame Edith Okowa, has expressed gratitude to God for the ability to set up the 16th Sickle Cell Clinic in Warri south local government area of the state.

Speaking on Friday July 30th 2021, during the commissioning of the clinic at the General Hospital, “Mama Delta”, as she is fondly called, thanked God for providing the resources in the last six years.

She equally appreciated God for the easy access and affordable medical attention for the sickle cell warriors.

The founder, 0′ 5 Initiative, expressed optimism that the sickle cell Centre when put to use, would end the long sufferings of Warriors around the area, noting that “As we join our hands together for the good of society, we can Change our world, one person at a time.

Hear her: “I am grateful  to God for giving us this vision and providing the resources to carry out our plans; The mission of the O5 Initiative to visit the Sick has again found expression, it is indeed a privilege to establish the 16th Sickle Cell Clinic here in Warri, this is a dream come true.

“In these six years, the Sickle Cell Clinics in Agbor, Ughelli, Oleh, Sapele, Kwale, Koko, Eku, Patani, Otu Jeremi, Orereokpe, Iseleuku, Umunede and Ogwashi Uku, Akwukwu Igbo, Ibusa (Okwe upgraded) have in no small way impacted our warriors and afforded them easy access to healthcare.

“Additionally, the Delta State Sickle Cell Referral Centre Asaba which is the third largest in the Country has been of immense benefit to our warriors. We recently added the Variant Newborn Screening Machine used for the determination of the genotype of newborn babies.

“We are not resting on our oars, God being our helper with the co-operation of Deltans, we will establish more clinics in the remaining Local government areas of the state”.

While appreciating the people of area for their contributions towards the actualization of the project, she prayed God to reward them abundantly.

Her words: “I am confident that healing will come speedily as the facility is put to use, it will to a large extent alleviate the sufferings of our warriors”.

She pointed out that the fight against Sickle Cell disorder should not be left to parents, Care givers and Sufferers alone, “we owe them love and support at all times.

“You may say you do not have enough but there is something you can give; your smile and encouragement will make life worth living for the warriors”, she admonished.


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