Some patients at the Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Ekpene Obom, in Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have received some food items and toiletries from the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Martha Udom.
The items were handed to the patients when Mrs Udom visited the hospital on Saturday, a visit which was described as the first of its kind since her assumption of office.
At the hospital, she met and interacted with the patients, giving them a sense of belonging.
The First Lady of Akwa Ibom State assured the patients that the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel was committed to improving the living standard of the less privileged through the provision of enabling environment and welfare programmes.
She encouraged the physically challenged not to see their plight as the end of life, reminding them that there is ability in every disability.
On receiving the Governor’s wife, the Chief Medical Director of Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Dr. Archibong Afia, expressed appreciation for her love and care toward the less privileged.
An inmate of the hospital, Mrs Offiong Bassey, who is the state’s President of Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities, said they would never forget Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel for giving them a sense of belonging.
The Governor’s wife also visited inmates of Goodnews Gospel Village in Abak, where she equally donated food items, cash and toiletries for the upkeep of the inmates.
The First Lady advised the children to respect their elders and devote themselves to their studies, in order to succeed in their academic pursuits.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Aniekan Umanah, gave kudos to the founder of Goodnews Gospel Village, Bishop Elijah Mboho, for his sacrifice and commitment to the welfare of the less-privileged.
During the visit, the children sang and danced with the wife of the Governor, in appreciation of her generosity to them.