BrandArena: Airtel offers lifeline to despaired man, family

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Airtel offers lifeline to despaired man, family

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has given succour to man, Stanley Okerere, who was struck by an unknown sickness that has left him paralysed amidst serious financial hardship confronting his family.

A former driver with an Oil & Gas company in Lagos, Mr. Okereke has been battling with his life since the ailment struck him two years ago.

When the sickness started, his company had intervened but the situation did not improve and he did not get much help from extended family and friends. Okereke’s wife, Josephine, lovingly had to attend to him every hour and at the same time fend for the family. There was no money to get medication or to constantly keep food on the family’s table. Worse still, their seven year old daughter dropped out of school due to financial challenges.

Moved with pity, Okereke’s neighbour, Mrs. Funmi Samson, a nurse, nominated the Okereke family for the Airtel Touching Lives intervention.

Mrs. Okereke shed tears of joy when the presenter of the show, Wana Udobang, announced that Airtel will provide medical assistance for Mr. Okereke with proper diagnosis and treatment and also empower the family with financial capital and equipments to start a catering business.

Also in the same episode, a follow-up of the Telco’s support for the Akinbami community located at Iwo road Osun state was aired.  In the Season 1 of the Airtel Touching Lives programme, the leading telecoms operator partnered with the Guidance Community Development Foundation and the Akinbami community to build an ultra-modern clinic in the community, providing access to quality health care services for residents of the village.

For many years, pregnant women in the village had no access to healthcare and antenatal services, thereby increasing the risks of birth complications and deaths. Also, preventable diseases such as malaria, fever and snake bites keep claiming many lives of people in the village as villagers had no access to healthcare services.

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