The Managing Director of E&E Diamond 7 Construction Limited, Mr. Edward Duke has offered free eye and dental treatment including medical lenses to over 500 aged persons in Calabar.
Duke, a son of the former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke, said that the gesture was part of the activities lined up to celebrate his 30th birthday.
Addressing the beneficiaries in Calabar at the Ediba Primary Health Care Centre, Duke said that the humanitarian service was a way of giving back to the society by caring for the aged and the less privileged.
He further said that the Chairman of the Company, Amb. Emmanuel Uwechue, contributed a lot in making the outreach a success, adding that more
humanitarian services would be carried out as the company grows from strength to strength.
“What is going on here today is a humanitarian health outreach carried out by the management of E&E Diamond 7 Construction Limited.
“As a way of celebrating my 30th birthday today, I have chosen to uplift the health standard of our people by procuring all these drugs, medicated lenses and putting the medical team together to deliver services to the people.
“It is the grace of God that I am 30 today. Clocking 30 is a year of total responsibility and the beginning of real maturity.
“I am happy that this large number came out today for this free medical Outreach”, he said.
On her part, Dr Inyang Asibong, Cross River State Commissioner for Health, commended Duke for his initiative in caring for the aged.
“One of the ways of caring for our aged is by giving them good health. What you have done today is commendable and we in the ministry of health appreciate this gesture”, she said.
Dr Betta Edu, Director General of Cross River Primary HealthCare Agency, also lauded Duke for the kind gesture, adding that the glasses and drugs would go a long way in correcting the sights of the beneficiaries.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Patience Edem, 71, who was tested and given free medicated glasses, said that she was unable to see far objects, adding that the glasses would help in correcting her sights.
Other beneficiaries, who spoke at the health centre lauded Duke for the medical outreach and for his love and care to the aged in the society.