Twenty-six patients with cleft lip/palate recently at Central Hospital, Agbor were given free surgery by the Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI). Speaking with the Delta State Coordinator of OHAI and founder, Hope in God Foundation, Umunede in Ika Northeast Local Government Area, Evang. James Azubuike expressed joy and thanks to God that all the patients who turned out had a successful surgery and smiled back home wearing a new face and look.
According to him, “I feel fulfilled by the success of their cleft lip/palate surgery and I give all glory and honour to God who has made possible. It will interest you to know that my joy knows no bound, because through Oral Health Advocacy Initiative, I have touched lives of people. I am so happy that the application I wrote through the Delta State Ministry of Health inviting OHAI for free cleft lip/palate surgery comes to pass even the devil tries to steal my joy on the July 10, 2017 when I went to collect the acceptance letter for the surgery at Asaba”. On my way back, the full load bus that was carry us had ghastly accident and God preserved me out of eighteen passengers. What a favour could be compared to this.” In respect of this, members of the public had earlier on joined him in the thanksgiving service at Bride of Jesus Ministry along Old Agbor Road, Idumu-Ile, Umunede on Sunday September 10, 2017 to share in my joy”.
He used the opportunity to remind all those people in Ika nation and beyond with cleft lip/palate challenges and feeling that they have missed the surgery at Central Hospital, Agbor not to worry but get prepared to be treated freely at Obiaruku General Hospital on September 14, 2017 or Specialist Hospital, Warri on September 15, 2017 respectively. He appreciated the founder of OHAI, Dr. Ver-or Ngutor and his team of maxillofacial surgeon for their humanitarian service, praying God to bless them.