By Gabriel Olawale
To keep alive, the vision of late Dr. Marius Unchenna Ashibuogwu who died at the age of 28 shortly after his graduation from medical school, MUA foundation an organisation set up in his remembrance has provide free medical treatment for the residence of Ogijo in Ogun State.
The exercise that have over 2,000 beneficiary in attendance was third of its kind. The outreach feature free eyes screening, cervical and breast cancer test, HIV/AIDs test, hypertension, diabetes, treatment of malaria and diarrhea.
Speaking during the exercise, Director of the foundation who is also the mother of the deceased, Mrs. Mareena Samuel said that assist less privileged and free medical care is what his late son enjoying doing when he was alive.
“My son is dead but we did not want his vision to die and since the beginning of this foundation in 2013, we have been able to touch over 5,000 lives. Our first outing is at Agalata in Ogun state, Epe in Lagos and now ojigo in Ogun State.”
“Aside free care, the missionary partnership that we enjoyed has helped us to be able to give out free cloth, food to those who are in need. We seek for government and individual support to be able to extend our service to communities where they cannot avoid going school as to train them on skill acquisition so as to be useful for themselves and the country,” She added.
On his part, the head of medical team, Dr. Godwin Kudi who was excited with the turn out lamented over the level of hypertension prevalence among the young adult and elderly once.
“Majority of children that test positive to malaria are given drugs while those tested positive to HIV are referral to hospital. What we noticed is that the strike by health workers did not help their situation as majority of them complained of being on medication before the strike.”
The paramount ruler of the ogijo land, Oba Abdulganiu Dosunmu who was among the beneficiary commended the initiator of the programme urged for more of such programme in future.
“We are glad to have you and we look forward to see you again. Your presence in our community in time of health worker strike is a miracle of God,” he added.