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1,100 residents of Enugu community benefit from free medicare, others



1,100 residents of Enugu community benefit from free medicare, others

…… While residents receive advice on how to fight diabetes, hypertension

By Stanley Nwanosike

The charity Open Hands Amazing Incorporated, a non-governmental organization (NGO), on Sunday provided free medical treatment to more than 1,100 residents of the Egede community in the Udi local government area in the state of ‘Enugu.

The free medical awareness covered a blood pressure and sugar test, a malaria lab test, an eye exam, 200 free glasses, medical consultation and advice, free medicine, and other free medical consumables.

The event also featured cash donations to 50 less privileged, disabled and elderly people in the community and a lavish free meal for all who attended the outreach.

Speaking, the organization’s founder, Dr Magdalene Agada, said the gesture was a way of giving back to society because God in His infinite mercies had been merciful to her and her family.

Agada said the awareness was a great relief for residents due to the high cost of medicare as well as the long strike undertaken by medical professionals in the country.

“I am thrilled because the organization is giving thousands of lives and the good people of Egede have come in large numbers to embrace the gesture that will go a long way in strengthening their health and well-being.

“The organization will continue to holistically support communities and individuals in improving their health, nutritional content and official support for the less privileged, people with disabilities, the elderly among others,” she said. declared.

Agada thanked the leaders of the community of Egede, the Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul of the Catholic parish of St Cyril, Egede, and his priest as well as the medical volunteers of the charity Open Hands Amazing for their support which allowed the success of the medical action.

Mr. Joseph Nwabueze, head of the Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in the parish, thanked the organization for coming to provide quality health care to the inhabitants of Egede “free of charge”.

“We have neither silver nor gold to give in exchange; but as a society and church, we will continue to pray for the continued success of the organization and its founder, Dr Agada, ”said Nwabueze, whose company helped mobilize people.

Dr Kingsley Okonta, head of the medical team, said the predominant illnesses diagnosed among residents of the Egede community included diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria.

“These illnesses can be attributed to the type of food they eat, their sedentary lifestyle and the environment. We advised residents to eat less starchy foods; often move around and exercise, install good mosquito nets in their homes, and sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

“We also made referrals for those with complicated eye problems, which our medical team cannot instantly resolve,” he said.

A cross section of Egede residents waiting to receive free medical care

Awareness beneficiary, Mrs. Edith Okeke, who received eye drops and a pair of glasses, appreciated the organization for giving her what was beyond her reach.

“The eye drops and reading glasses I received for free could be nothing less than around 30,000 N. I am happy and pray to God to continue to bless Open Hands Amazing Charitable Oraginization,” Okeke said.

Another beneficiary, Pa Joel Onwuka, who received rheumatism medication, thanked the organization for the free medication that would ensure his leg joint pain would be a thing of the past.

One of the beneficiaries of the free cash grant, Ma Bridget Ugwu, 80, prayed to God to bless and replenish the pocket of the founder of the NGO for her kind gesture.

The Open Hands Amazing Incorporated charity has partnered with the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Society of Saint-Cyrille Catholic Parish, Egede, and Egede Medical Group to organize free medical awareness.

Source: NAN

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