Osogbo – A corps member, Dr Dakum Benji, serving in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun, has provided free health services to hundreds of people, including women and children in the community.
Benji said on Monday that it was part of his community development services to improve the health care delivery in the community.
According to him, the programme included the distribution of 20 first aid boxes equipped with drugs to selected schools, mosques, churches, motor parks and markets in the area.
Benji, supported by a team of medical doctors in the corps, offered free consultation and treatment to more than 1,000 men and women in the programme.
Drugs were distributed freely to patients who had one ailment or the other while medical advice was given to many who were diagnosed by the doctors.
Benji charged the government at all levels to ensure that Nigerian citizens were given access to affordable health care, while advising Nigerians not to play with their health.
He called on the government and well meaning Nigerians to make funds available to corps members who executed projects beneficial to the masses.
A cross section of the beneficiaries commended the initiative of the corps member and appealed to the chairman of the caretaker committee of the local government to support the effort.
A 70-year-old woman, Mrs Abibat Aduke, a beneficiary of the programme, said it was timely as she had been experiencing back pain for months, “but I could not visit hospital for treatment due to lack of money’’.
Also speaking on the programme, a driver, Mr Moses Ajewole, said he was happy that the low income earners were benefiting from the programme.
Ajewole further called on the local government authority to equip all the primary health centres in the area with personnel and drugs so that people would have access to treatment. (NAN)