Group begins free medical outreach in Kwara
A non governmental organisation, Offa Descendants Union North-America (ODUNA) on Monday commenced its free medical outreach in Offa, Kwara State.
Supreme Magazine gather that the gestures by the group include three LGAs in Kwara South Senatorial Districts.
Dr Adegboyega Abdulkadir, President of the association, told NAN at the takeoff of the outreach in Offa Local Government Area that the outreach would bring healthcare nearest to the people in the grassroots.
NAN reports that the programme, the fourth in the series, has been scheduled to run between Jan.7 and 11 in nine towns and locations across Offa, Oyun and Irepodun Local Government Areas of the state.
The union president said that the free healthcare tagged: “Unity Medical Outreach”, is organised in collaboration with Igbomina Medical Healthcare.
He explained that this was part of the team’s corporate social responsibility, targeted at the less privilege in the society.
Abdulkadir, a Neonatologist and a Fellow of America Academy of Pediatrician, said the healthcare would cater for ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, eye-checkup and other children-related ailments.
He listed some of the medical outreach services to include free media tests, diagnosis, counseling, surgery and free drugs.
According to him, after an in depth research, the team discovered that some patients were turned away from hospitals and clinics due to financial constraints.
He said the outreach was also being organised based on popular demands from some royal fathers and religious leaders in the concerned communities.
“Some people find it difficult to present their cases in hospitals and clinics, especially in remote villages and communities as a result of poor finances.
“Even for ailments that will cost as low as N1, 000 to treat or manage.
“That is why our team finds it necessary and as part of our responsibility to ensure that healthcare services is within the reach of every category of our people at the grassroots,” he said.
Abdulkadir listed the designated centers for the outreach to include, Offa, Erin-Ile, Igbo-Idun, Ojoku, Ajase-Ipo, Ipee, Igosun, Igbona, among others.
Mrs Wosilat Mcarthy, the immediate past National Secretary of Offa Descendants Union,(ODU) praised the association’s foresight and commitment toward improving the life expectancy of the people through the medical outreach.
Supreme Magazine also gather that no fewer than 60 patients benefited from the association’s free cataract surgeries while those deserving treatment numbering 400 were offered free eye glasses during the 2018 outreach.
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