From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Senator Theodore Orji, representing Abia Central, has said that the best form of infrastructure is to provide quality healthcare facilities for his constituents.
The former Governor who made the submission while inspecting world-class facilities at an ultra-modern eye clinic he built in Umuahia, said “it’s only the healthy that can enjoy other dividends of democracy.”
Orji said his major concern was how to provide health facilities that could help his constituents end all forms of medical tourism abroad.
Harping on the vitality of improved health care the senator vowed that as a matter of priority, the health sector would be given more attention in his second term.
His words :“If one is blind, he will not see the tarred road. I have taken health as my priority. You can empower people but health is vital.
“Since the establishment of the clinic my happiness is that the telephone calls I got from beneficiaries and how they pray and bless me and staff of the centre is emotional, especially from the old men and women. That is the prayer God hears: the prayer of the poor people”.
The former Governor explained that the clinic named “Sen. T. A. Orji Free Eye Centre is not for patients from his constituency alone but for all who can come and seek relief here “.
He noted that last year alone when the clinic was set up no fewer than 604 people benefited from the first phase of the project which was totally free, while this year, 159 have so far benefited.
On why he embarked on the project, Orji said “as a politician, I have to give back to society”, adding that God put him on a privileged position to improve on the lots of his people as well as humanity.