The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on men from 40 years and above and women in the State to come to the ultramodern Ochiedike Dialysis and Diagnostic Centre, Owerri and receive free tests for Prostate and Breast Cancer respectively.
A statement signed by Jane Amucha on behalf of the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, said Okorocha who declared this while commissioning the Ochiedike Dialysis and Diagnostic Centre, said the Centre which is 100% Imo State Government-owned, is in a 15-year contract with Israeli Medical Personnel to manage the centre while Medical experts resident in Israel will monitor activities in the centre as to assist wherever necessary.
Governor Okorocha said the Centre is named after his late father ‘Ochiedike’ who died of kidney failure resulting from diabetes, recounting that the trauma made him (Governor) vow to fight the disease.
He noted that cancer has claimed the lives of many but noted that when detected at early stage, the disease can be handled and the patient’s life saved; stressing that with the modern and adequate facilities in place and the medical team working at the Centre, people of the South-East and Nigerians at large will have no need of going to India again for treatments on kidney, cancer and other illnesses. “I thank God for a dream come true. My vision to save the lives of numerous poor indigenes has become a reality.”the statement quoted the Governor as saying.