By Lolo Ayaba
A Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Stella Ihwechi Foundation, on Saturday provided 500 indigent patients free medical outreach in Ikota village, Ajah, Lagos.
The patients received free hypertaisis B screening while those who tested positive to hypertasis B were given free drugs and also given referrals to the general hospital.
Apart from providing medical tests and health enlightment, the NGO also distributed food items to the over 500 beneficiaries at the medical outreach.
Speaking at the event, Stella Akani-Olusami, founder of the NGO, said the outreach tagged ‘Health for the slum’ was meant to bring free healthcare services closer to the people and also create awareness on hypertasis B, and the need to regularly check their blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc.
“We are also educating the people on how hypertasis B can be managed. The platform is to educate the youth in the community on the need to reduce drug and indulging in unprotected sex thereby increasing diseases and having more children”.
Akani-Olusami tasked government on the need to do more in healthcare delivery in the rural areas, as most rural areas visited recently, lacked access to quality health services.
Explaining why Ikota community was chosen for the outreach, Akani-Olusami said that “Basically, we go to community that are indigent, less privileged, downtrodden and places where people are so populated.
A lot of young people today feel unloved, we want to reach out to them and show them that they are loved and their health is very important. We want them to be alive to face their future and achieve whatever they have planned for their lives.”