By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu
The outreach was tagged ‘Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers. The NYSC Coordinator in Lagos State, Mr. Eddy Megwa, said at the event that it was aimed at bringing medical services to the grassroots.
Megwa was represented by Mrs. Uzoamaka Ogunrayewa, NYSC’s Assistant Director of Human Resource Management.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the outreach was held at Shitta Open Ground, Abebe Field, Surulere Local Government Area.
Megwa, who expressed delight at the turnout of people at the outreach, said that some sick people did not have money to access medical care; hence the need for such an outreach.
” We are delighted to have a huge turnout, about 200 people comprising of old and young people in this Surulere LGA. It shows that they embraced the outreach.
” The director-general of NYSC introduced this programme which is being observed across the nation today.
” It is important to note that this group of medical corp members are passionate to give back to the society. We have among them doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentist and opticians.
” The beneficiaries are having their blood pressure, blood sugar and eyes checked; we are also giving them medicines as the case may be. That is the spirit of NYSC,” he said.
According to Megwa, the quarterly medical outreach is also aimed to remind rural dwellers about the need to have their health checked regularly.
The Chairman of Surulere council area, Mr Suleiman Yusuf, praised the NYSC for the initiative, and urged the residents to take advantage of it to improve their health.
” It is a good thing that the corp members are doing this medical outreach to give back to the society.
” With this programme, the people are being checked and are informed about their health status, particularly blood pressure.
“The exercise is being carried out free, I must commend the NYSC in Lagos.
” We are aware that health is wealth, being the reason Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, local and state governments are also doing similar programmes,” he said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Ramat Abdulkareem, told NAN that she had been longing to visit hospital to have her health checked.
“It is as if this programme is brought here for my sake, I am relieved,” she said. (NAN)
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