Kaduna Oct. 9, 2019 The New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) says 628 journalists have benefited from the free medical outreach it provided in Kaduna.
Mr. Nicholas Dekera, Chairman of the NNN Chapel, said in Kaduna on Wednesday that the outreach benefited 628 members and non-members who are staffers of media houses in the state.
Dekera said the services also included counseling and social support to journalists and other members who needed the services but could not afford them.
According to him, many members who have different health challenges did not have access to medical services or did not even know their health status benefited from the gesture.
He commended the partners and sponsors for the gesture, adding: “ it will go a long way for the beneficiaries who hitherto did not know some of their health challenges to keep healthy lifestyles.
“It is important for journalists to know their health status, considering the nature of our job which requires mental alertness, stable health condition.
“This programme becomes imperative, especially at a time like this that many members cannot afford going for regular medical check up.“
On his part, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, Secretary of the Chapel lauded the partners for their support and show of solidarity.
The partners include National Eye Centre, National Ear Care Center, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Harmony Hospital, Kaduna State University Teaching Hospital, National Blood Transfusion Service, National Union of Food and Beverages, Nigerian Breweries among others.
Meanwhile one of the beneficiaries, Tajudeen Ajibade lauded the initiative of the organizers, calling on other Chapels to follow suit.
Ajibade, a veteran journalist and former staff of NNN said: ” we commend the leadership of NNN for coming up with such a laudable initiative that would impact positively on the lives of journalists in the state.“
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmedhttps://nnn.ng/628-journalists-benefit/
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