In its continued efforts at providing medical aids to the less privileged in Taraba state, the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba in collaboration with Ubeh Divine Care Foundation has embarked on free Health Care services to over 5000 IDPs lodged at St. Patrick Parish, Sabon-Gida, Gassol Local Government Area.
Addressing the IDPs, the representative of the Governor’s Wife, her Programme Manager, Mrs. Helen Douglas described her as a mother like none who is interested in their welfare, stressing that Her Excellency loves them so much and is praying to God for their preservation and deliverance at all times.
According to Mrs. Douglas, God has sent Her Excellency to them just as he sent Jesus Christ to the World, to salvage the people from their present predicament, adding that the Medical Team are there to attend to all their Medical challenges as she urged the beneficiaries to open up to them so as to access the desired help.
Earlier in his address, the Director, Ubeh Divine Care Foundation, Rev. Peter Gambo said the team was there as an act of love and sacrifice, stating that God loves them so much and has demonstrated it through the use of humans prominent among whom is the Governor’s Wife who has decided to give them care through provision of medical aid in collaboration with the Ubeh Divine Care Foundation.
He also used the medium to encourage and remind the IDPs that, even if people are wicked to them, God loves them and is merciful to have preserved their lives, adding that, their health is important to the team and that is why they have come to take care of both medical and spiritual matters.
Mrs. Iyatu Bitrus who spoke on behalf of the Medical team, appreciated the efforts and concern of Her Excellency whom she described as a mother indeed and Rev. Ben Ubeh over the people who are displaced, adding that for them it is a privilege to serve their community as she called on well meaning individuals to emulate the kind gesture of this two foundations.
In his remark, the Priest in Charge of St. Patrick Parish, Rev. Fr. Julius Ioryue said the Tiv race has always been unfortunate, lamenting that issues concerning them have always been waved aside by the authorities concerned, explaining that some of the reports given about them are not true.
The Rev. Fr. who described Her Excellency as their pride, expressed delight over the response of the present government to their predicament, stating that the State Government through SEMA and the Governor’s wife through her Foundation has taken their issue with all seriousness.
He however lamented that the lands of the displaced persons have been occupied by Fulanis and every effort at retrieving them has proved abortive, adding that when two elephants fight, the grass is always at the receiving end; saying in their case, they are at the receiving end of the fight between the Chiefs who had sold out their lands and the Fulani buyers.
He called on government to come to their aid as the issue of IDP camps will persist if proper action is not taken.
Responding on behalf of the IDPs, John Abuku Michael appreciated Her Excellency for sending help to the IDPs, describing the gesture as the first of its kind, stressing that SEMA had brought them food and now Medical Care from the Governor’s wife.
The team met a female victim who was matcheted by a suspected Fulani man on her way to the farm this morning and the medical team has since commenced medication on her.