The Isioma Okobah Foundation came into being since 2005. It was established by Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah a Medical Doctor based in Atlanta Georgia, USA as a platform to give back to the society. The foundation is non-governmental and non-profit making. It is a philanthropic organization designed to promote the individual wellbeing of the rural populace through a well planned set of goals and objectives by the founder which are expressed in concrete terms particularly in the areas of assisting the less privileged, the physically challenged, empowerment of widows and improving the health needs of the rural dwellers to mention just a few.
In terms of health, the foundation has in the last decade held advocacy visit in rural communities on the girl child, womanhood and issues relating to women, children and the aged in the society.
On an annual basis, the foundation organizes free medical programmes for the rural populace. During such programmes, medications are freely given to the sick members of the society after diagnosis using Delta Doctors in Diaspora (DDD) as the arrow head.
From records available, several communities have benefited from the philanthropic gestures of the founder, Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah who is passionate about improving health care delivery for the rural populace.
Rural communities in Delta State that have benefited from the free rural health care initiative of the foundation include and not limited to the following towns – Owa Alero, Abavo, Ekuku-Agbor, Emuhu, Ute-Okpu, Ute-Ogbeoje, Alisimie, Onicha-Olona, Issele-Uku, Otolokpo, Asaba, Ibusa, Oruakpo and Umunede amongst several others in Delta State, Nigeria. These communities which are largely populated have benefited immensely from the activities of the Isioma Okobah Foundation as Doctors of Delta origin in Diaspora use their wealth of experience, time and potential to address the health needs of the people.
In furtherance of the mandate of the foundation, the founder has also been donating hospital equipments and medication to public health institutions in the state. Beneficiaries of such initiative include the Federal Medical Centre Agbor, Delta State, the Uweifo Orthopedic Hospital Ewuru, Ika South L.G.A. of Delta State, Nigeria and Delta State Ministry of Health, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria.
Rural based Health facilities in different rural communities like Abavo, Owa Alero, Ute Ogboje, Ute-Erumu, Otolokpo, Umunede and Onicha-Ugbo have also benefited from the philanthropic gesture of Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah.
The foundation has also taken advocacy visits to the palaces of Traditional Rulers in Delta State where free medical diagnosis and drugs were dispensed to persons with health challenges.
The foundation promotes education and is concerned about the increasing incidence and prevalence of heart diseases, stroke, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS ravaging rural community. It is in view of the magnitude of this health issues that the foundation has engaged in free medical health care in rural communities across the state.
The founder Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah through the foundation also built and equipped an Ultra Modern State of the Art Community Hospital called Stephen Uche Okoh (Snr.) Memorial Community Health Centre at Igbodo, a rural community in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. The community Health Centre is named after her late father, Mr. Stephen Uche Okoh (Senior) of blessed memory.
The Health Centre which is located at No. 1, Okoh Street, Ndobu Quarters Igbodo, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria is serving the health needs of the community and other villages within the council area.
According to the founder, the community health centre was named after her late father as a deliberate way to immortalize and put the memories of her father in the permanent consciousness of the people as a man who came, saw and conquered.
For record purposes, it is pertinent to state that the medical centre has a resident doctor, Dr. Chris Asugua, qualified matron, Nurses and other medical and support staff in the field of medicine.
It might interest you to know that the Medical Centre was commissioned by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Professor Amos A. Utuama (SAN) on behalf of the Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan on the 23rd of February, 2013.
It was indeed a celebration of some sort as the people of the area came out in their large numbers to witness the epoch making event which was also attended by the Immediate Past Deputy Governor of Delta State, Sir Chief B.S.C. Elue, the Senator representing Delta North in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman Senate Committee on Health and now Governorship candidate of the Poeples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections Dr. Ifeanyi Author Okowa.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Health Professionals, the political class, men and women from all works of life, the academia and of course members of the fourth estate of the realm.
The traditional institution was ably represented by the Traditional Ruler, Obi of Igbodo and his retinue of palace chiefs who added colour pomp and pageantry to the epoch occasion which is the first of its kind in the state.
Recently, a team of health journalists visited the community health centre to access its activities and operations since it was commissioned over a year ago.
The finding was not only impressive but satisfactory. On arrival, women, men, the young and the old as well as the aged were seen waiting patiently to be attended to in the weekly adult clinic which usually draw participants with health challenges from various communities in the area.
The resident Doctor, Dr. Chris Asugua conducted the journalists on a facility tour of the health centre including the male and female wards, the emergency ward, the maternity ward, consulting room and the drug unit among others.
Dr. Asugua told journalist that the Health Centre is being patronized by the rural populace to address their health challenges.
According to him, common ailments as general body pains, arthritis, malaria and other minor illnesses were prevalent among the people.