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Sunday, 23 June 2019

IPOB SUNLIGHT ESTATE ZONE 2 IN IGWEOCHA PROVINCE SPONSORS EYE SURGERY OF A HARDCORE BIAFRAN

IPOB SUNLIGHT ESTATE ZONE 2 IN IGWEOCHA PROVINCE SPONSORS EYE SURGERY OF A HARDCORE BIAFRAN




An active member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who nearly suffered total blindness has been rescued through the commendable and passionate humanitarian efforts of his IPOB zone in Igweocha, in conjunction with Living Hope Medical Exploit located at Eluama Isiukwuato-Okigwe in Abia state, all in Biafraland.



Mazi Israel Etumni, a passionate Biafran activist and a member of Sunlight Estate Zone 2 in Igweocha Province, had a successful cataract eye surgery carried out on him by a United States-based Medical Practitioner, Mr. Acho on Monday 17th June, 2019.
Cataract is a vision impairment disease caused when opaque substances surround the eye lens(es).

According to the information gathered by Family Writers Press, family members of IPOB in Sunlight Estate Zone 2 led by Mazi Izuchukwu Agu and his deputy Mazi Innocent Onyeka, had made financial contributions for the eye surgery of Mazi Israel Etumni. However, due to his diabetic condition, a huge portion of the money realised was used to regulate the sugar level of his body to an appreciable healthy condition as advised by medical practitioners. Consequently, the actual surgery on the impaired eyes was delayed due to financial constraints until the IPOB zone got information about a medical outreach program that was carried out by Living Hope Medical Exploit in Okigwe where the eye surgery successfully carried out by Mr. Acho, a medical doctor based in the United States of America.

The beneficiary, Mazi Israel Etumni expressed profound gratitude to members of his IPOB zonal family and leadership who came to his rescue at a time everyone else deserted him.

"This is the work we have been able to put into the struggle," says Izuchukwu Agu, Coordinator of Sunlight Estate Zone 2 in Igweocha during an interview with Family Writers Press.

"The cataract covered most part of his eyes that he could not clearly see and what prompted most of us to start doing something about his situation is that he is the breadwinner of his family and for close to four or five months that he is suffered this vision impairment, he has been involved in series of falls and even sometimes into the gutters, on his way back home after our meetings. There was a particular time he was hit by an Okada (motorcycle) because he cannot see clearly. Anytime he crossed the roads, people used to hold him," by the hands in aide, the coordinator stated.

"Throughout the duration of the treatment, my zone took care of his needs. He has three children. It is my zone that sponsored him to Okigwe. We took care of both his feeding/ transportation allowances and every other expenses.

"The initiative started when Mr. Israel Etumni from Mbano in Owerri province of Biafraland, developed a serious eye problem. This is actually the man that trained those children that we took down to Abuja during the time our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was incarcerated. He was once an Anglican church children's teacher. So he handled the children and tenaciously taught them what they presented in court that very day. When this his problem was reported in my zone, we all rallied round seeking for a way to carry out the needed surgery on him. "The zone gathered and contributed money to carry out this surgery. When the money was contributed, we found out that he had high sugar level. We started treating the sugar level first to bring it down so that the surgery could be carried out. In that process, the money we contributed went low until a member in the zone suggested that in his place, there existed this Medical Doctor that normally comes from the United States of America on a Medical Outreach in his community. When the information got to us, we quickly moved into action and this our brother was taken to Okigwe where the surgery was carried out alongside one of our members, Pastor Uwalaka. This is a testimony that clearly shows that Biafrans love themselves because when they got to Okigwe, they were not discriminated against for being non-indigenes. This is the work we have been able to put into the struggle and it is an encouraging source of concern. Our leader has always taught us 'onuru ube nwanne agbala oso' (to be our brothers keepers). This is it in practice. "For this surgery to successfully take place, it is something  we must all give glory and thanks to Chukwuokike Abiama (God Almighty) for what He has graciously done", Mazi Izuchukwu Agu further told Family Writers Press.

Study shows that more than one hundred thousand cases of cataract are reported in Nigeria annually. The eye ailment can be rectified by contacting a Professional Medical Specialist.

Mazi Paul Ihechi Alagba
Reporting for Family Writers Press International

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