A Non Governmental Organisation, Favour, Kindness and Grace Foundation in collaboration with a Nigerian lawmaker intends to treat about 50,000 indigents in 15 communities of Osun West Federal Constituency for free.
The free health clinic, facilitated by a member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Mr. Dotun Babayemi began on Wednesday with the screening and treatment of about 1,500 patients with diseases such as malaria, typhoid and eye defects.
In addition to sensitising citizens on adequate nutrition, citizens were also screened for blood sugar, blood pressure and prostrate cancer with dugs given in accordance to their needs.
Speaking with journalists at the takeoff of the programme in Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State, the coordinator of the foundation, Mr’s. Goke Olatunji said the collaboration was made possible because of the lawmaker’s passion for good living of his people.
Olatunji said that the initiative also enjoyed the support of Faculty of Clinical Science of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, to where referrals are made, when any major health challenge like prostrate is discovered.
The facilitator, Mr. Babayemi, who is also a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress said the gesture was a means of giving back to his people.
He explained that the gesture was purely a humanitarian service to the people, with no political strings attached.
“‘There is a limit to what government can do, hence, we need to contribute our own to the good living of our people.
“This Foundation was set up to cater for indigent citizens in the areas of education and health with a vision to ensure that no individual in the communities that we support remains challenged because anyone with health challenge cannot meet his or her needs, be it educational or otherwise.”
“Our focus on this occasion is to provide free health care to those who cannot even afford to consult a doctor once in a year. The goal is to bring free medical check up to the doorsteps of the people.” he said.
Babayemi promised to bear the cost of treatments and transportation of the referred patients to the hospital.
The leader of the medical team, a pshycatrist from OAU, Dr. Celestine Mume said the gesture was timely, considering the number of people that have registered for the past programme.
He noted that many people with health challenges could not afford the cost, saying “support by philanthropists like this will complement the efforts of the government and reduce untimely and preventable deaths in the society.’
Dr Mume however expressed concern over undue patronage of uncertified traditional medicine to cure complex diseases due to lack finance to pay hospital bill.
The APC Chairman in the state, Adegboyega Famodun who also went through the screening at the event commended the initiative and urged other politicians and wealthy individuals in the society to complement government efforts.
He noted that despite huge infrastructural development and massive welfare programmes of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, the government will still be unable to reach its destination without the input of wealthy individuals and corporate bodies.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo