Ekwulobia (Aguata LGA)-Anambra State Government says that Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme is the only way out from patronising medical quacks, self-medication, carelessness and complications from avoidable deaths.
Gov. Willie Obiano said this while emphasizing the importance of the Health Insurance Scheme to people of the state at the Cathedral Church of St. John Ekwulobia, Aguata Diocese Anglican Communion as it celebrates its 15th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service.
The governor, who was represented by Managing Director, Awka Capital Development Authority (ACTDA), Ven. Amaechi Okwuosa, said the scheme covered 90 per cent of hospital bills notwithstanding how huge it might be.
“The scheme is a dividend of democracy to Ndi Anambra; a state cake made available for everybody to cut at will and eat.
“Do not deny yourself this opportunity with a token of ?1,000 a month, ?12,000 a year; you have access to good Medicare at hospitals across Anambra State.’’
The Governor noted that the increasing rate of occultism, drug abuse and other negative vices among youths was regrettable, urging parents and guardians to exhibit exemplary high moral behaviours at home.
“It is not good sending children to purchase cigarettes, strong alcoholic drinks and other dangerous drugs, as using them before the children makes them think they are good.
“I wish parents and guardians should join hands with government in saving our children from destroying themselves by using dangerous drugs, occultism, prostitution and `the get-quick-money syndrome’ (Ego mbute).’’
In the sermon, Rt. Rev. Samuel Ezeofor, Bishop Aguata Diocese, Anglican Communion said it was sad that the rate of idolatry was increasing among the youths.
“I do not know what has bewitched the youths that they go as far as bringing in foreign idols to their homes, building houses for them and worshipping them.
“The sin of idolatry angers God more than any other thing. It makes God to reject a people, curse their land and make everything sick in the land.
“Until total repentance is archived, the land does not get healed. Yet young people, men and women, in the quest of material things get involved in idolatry.
“There is nothing wrong in aiming to live comfortably, but the knowledge of God who gives every good thing is very important.’’
Bishop Ezeofor, who built his message around Nehemiah Chapter 2, 3, 4 and 6, told the clergy to remember that rebuilding broken societies like ours needed to start from them.
He pleaded with the congregation to join hands with the Church in promoting evangelism.
“It is evangelism of all of us in the Church that will take the message of rebuilding of our broken society to people outside the Church.’’
The Bishop enjoined well-meaning individuals in the society to bring their wealth into evangelism as God would reward such acts.
Ezeofor noted that the society was broken with insecurity, domestic violence, increase in cases of rape; so bad that father’s rape their female children 3 to 4 year of olds.
“It is proper evangelism of the Church that will reframe these polluted minds of the society for good.’’
The occasion featured the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of Gosife Micro Finance Bank.
The Bishop pleaded with wealthy individuals to help the Church in funding the building of the bank.
“It is going to boost the economic base of the Church and also to establish economic viability of the people of the area,’’ Ezeofor said.
The Bishop used the occasion to inaugurate three special ministries — Palace, Octo – Nonagenarian and Abroad/Diaspora Ministries.
Ezeofor explains: “the Palace Ministry will work with traditional rulers to make sure that youths’ restiveness, drug abuse and other negative vices are put to check in our societies’’.
“The Ministry of Octo-Nonagenarian ought to work closely with elders to draw from their wealth of experience and give adequate care to them in return.’’
Member, representing Aguata 1 Constituency, Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Carter Umeh was present at the occasion.
Anniversary cake was later cut at the occasion by Bishop Ezeofor and his wife Mrs Chinyere Ezeofor.
They were joined by the retired Bishop of Isikwuato Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sam Chukwuka and the Diocesan Chancellor, Justice Pete Obiorah.
Aguata Diocese Women Ministry’s Choir Group rendered songs that kept the occasion alive while it lasted.
Source: Anambra State Government