MAURICE OKAFOR writes that Dr (Mrs) Ola Ngwa, a Nigerian based United States medical practitioner cum Nutritionist has advocated for dieting on local herbs and vegetables as cure for cancerous diseases.
Dr Ola Ngwa said research has proven that most cancerous diseases militating against healthy living on people emanate from inappropriate food intake.
Addressing hundreds of her patients who gathered to benefit from her free medicare for this year at ‘Community Health and Education Nutrition Research center[CHENREC] in Ihe town, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state, Dr (Mrs) Ola Ngwa urged the people to take much of fruits and vegetables and reduce much intake of canned foods and drinks in their diets.
Dr Ngwa, 72, who went to the US since she was 17 years old has always spared out her own time to come back home within the month of June of every year to diagnose and administer health care to poor rural dwellers, at two specialised centers in Ihe community in Enugu state and Ajali community in Anambra state. She said her special focus are mostly women and children because they are the most vulnerable and helpless in this part of the world.
She advised parents to cultivate the attitude of preparing fruit juices from local fruits and herbs for both children and adults in their various homes. She disclosed that most fruits and herbs sourced from Africa are what are repackaged as drugs for treating cancerous diseases in America and other civilized countries and sent back to us at a very high cost. She therefore advised that the earlier the people imbibe the attitudinal change to eat more of natural foods, vegetables and fruits, the better for prolonging their life system and curtailing cancerous diseases.
She expressed her willingness to lure more foreign doctors and medical equipment in her usual annual free medical mission to Nigeria if the security of the volunteer foreign medical personnel will be guaranteed and enough physical infrastructures provided at the Community Health and Education Research Center, Ihe Awgu, which is the usual center for her annual free Medicare in Enugu.
The State commissioner for Health Dr Fintan Ekochin, accompanied by the special assistant to Governor Ugwuanyi on health matters and the state commissioner for information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe assured that the state government will do the needful in providing security for the expected foreign volunteer doctors and expansion of the required physical infrastructures to enhance her free medical missions in the state for overall interest of enthroning better health care in the state, most especially for the rural dwellers.