IKA WEEKLY – As part of the celebration of this year’s Red Cross week, members of the Nigerian Red Cross society, Ika Division on Wednesday visited Ayo Ben Psychiatric Hospital, and Job orphanage home, both in Agbor with some gift items.


The gift items presented to the hospital and orphanage home were clothing materials, foot wears, plates, cups, food, and flasks among others.          


Speaking on behalf of the society members, the Chairman, College of Education Unit, Mr. Elue Paul said the annual Red Cross week is to honour the founder of Red Cross, society Sir Jean Henry Dunnat.


He said the society is not meant for only secondary school children, and therefore called on all especially the adults to find interest in the life-saving crusade of the society. 


The Chairman said all intending members are welcome as he noted that some few individuals who were trying to drag the name of the society into the mud have been sanctioned.


He said the society trained about thirty-six (36) members in November, 2006 on community-based and standard first-Aid course under the sponsorship of Chief Hon. H. Iweriebor, the Ogidi of Ika politics, Hon. Ben Obuh, former. Commissioner for special Duties, Asaba, Bar. Osagiede, the Academic Registrar of College of Education, Agbor, members of the National Road Transport Workers, Warri Park, Agbor and a host of others.


In their separate responses, Chief Dr. Ayo Ben of Ayo Ben psychiatric, hospital and prophet Igbodo, of Job orphanage home thanked the society for their love, and appealed to them to always visit the homes, because according to them, the physical presence of people gives psychological strength to the inmates.


Dr. Ayo Ben said his visit to West Germany revealed that psychiatric Doctors in Nigeria are suffering because according to him, the German government took it upon herself to rehabilitate the mentally ill people unlike in Nigeria, where the Doctors are left to shoulder most of the responsibilities.


He said his hospital is sustained by the kind gesture of philanthropists, churches and societies who visit them with gift items.


Members of the Red Cross who accompanied the Chairman on the visit include the secretary of the unit, Mr. Tutuvwe Victor, Mr. Ekas Asielue, Mr. Oghenetega Efegbare and Mr. Osakwe Godwin.

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