18TH ANNIVERSARY: O.B. LULU-BRIGGS FOUNDATION OFFERS 100 FREE SURGERIES TO INDIGENT WOMEN
The O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation has held its 18th anniversary with a health awareness campaign on Uterine Fibroids and the provision of free fibroid surgery and after-care to 100 indigent women.
The event which held at the La Sien Pavilion in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, drew participation from all walks of life and featured a lecture on the causes, prevention and treatment options for fibroids by Dr. Rosemary Ogu, a Consultant Gynecologists at the University of Port Harcourt.
In her opening remarks, Founder and Chairman of the O. B. Lulu-Briggs foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye Lulu-Briggs after calling for a minute of silence in honour of her late husband, High Chief (Dr.) Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, said the focus on fibroids at the foundation’s 18th anniversary was the result of her discovery of its prevalence among women aged 50 years and above after a medical mission to Bakana earlier this year.
“We were surprised by the number of women who found out that they required urgent fibroids surgery. However, due to the nature of the surgery and after-care requirements, we were unable to provide fibroids surgeries during the mission,” she said.
Represented by her spokesman, Barr. Oraye St. Franklyn, she however added the bid to fulfill her promise to the women in Bakana of covering the cost of their fibroid surgeries necessitated the need to scale up the gesture to more indigent women given its prevalence.
On her part, the Coordinator of the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation, Mrs Ineba Tongham, said for 18 years running, rather than for Foundation’s quest of reaching the unreached waning, its interventionist programmes have increased tremendously.
“This is why we are not just organizing seminar/ health talk on fibroids to mark our 18th anniversary but also providing free surgeries for 100 indigent women diagnosed of fibroids,” she added.
Representatives of the Teaching Hospitals of the Rivers State University and the University of Port Harcourt gave assurances of their partnership with the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation to deliver on the objectives of the project.
Over 600 women have so far enlisted for the free surgeries. They are expected to be screened to select the 100 most eligible and indigent beneficiaries.