Lagos – Team Abel, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has partnered with the Osundairo family to take free medical outreach to Ikeja Computer Village for the benefit of traders and other Lagosians who ordinarily find it difficult to access routine medical tests because of time or financial constraints.
The programme, with the theme ‘Community Free Health Care Outreach’, took place on Thursday at the popular Computer Village in Ikeja, where traders and people from all works of life, in their numbers availed themselves of free medical checkups and drugs provided by medical doctors, nurses and laboratory scientists.
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Bola Osundairo, a member of Team Abel, sponsors of the programme said that his organization was inspired to undertake the programme because of poor health facilities in the country and also challenges faced by the less privileged members of the society in accessing healthcare.
He said that health was wealthy and that was the reason he would want to appeal to the government to step up its medical interventions for Nigerians since a good number of people were really in need of the services but challenged by finance.
He appealed to government to sensitize the people on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, get involved in regular exercise. He maintained that the government should also provide initiatives for further health awareness.
He said that the organization was planning free eye screening in the next few months. Bola stated that the NGO was open to partnership with corporate organizations and individuals who would want to give back to society.
Lanre Osundairo, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and representative of the Osundairo’s family charged Nigerians to endeavour to undertake routine medical checks, even as he noted the importance of quality healthcare.
He said that he encouraged his children who came all the way from Chicago to be part of the programme because his family had always been involved in philanthropic programmes and his late mother was known for her involvement in providing funds to support less privileged people in Ikeja area of Lagos.
A cancer survivor, Mrs Maria Agbams, who came from Dublin for the event, enumerated the importance of quality medical care. She said that she was able to survive cancer abroad because she could access quality medical care. She hailed the initiative of the NGO and charged the government to get involved in the provision of quality medical services by voting more money to the health sector.
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