By Chioma Obinna
AT least 200 residents of Ilasamaja area of Lagos and environs have benefitted from a medical outreach organised by Rotary Club of Nigeria, District 401, and facilitated by a Counsellor Aspirant for Ward F2, under under Ademologu zone, Ilasamaja, Hon. Diyaolu Adeola Olaolu.
A team of medical experts that converged on the area during the outreach, carried tests primarily for malaria and high blood pressure amongst others. Insecticide treated nets were also distributed during the event.
The Chairman, Ward F2, Mutairu who was one of the beneficiaries, attested to the quality of the services rendered and described it as divine intervention.
“I am very happy because it is about progress of the people in the ward. Today is like having a new born baby in the family. They have checked my Blood Pressure and they asked me to reduce my salt intake. I was also given drugs and a mosquito net. I encourage other organisations and politicians to come to the aid of our people because most of us do not have money,” he pleaded.
Speaking, the event facilitator, Olaolu, called on government at all levels to give priority to health as a healthy community is a developed community.
“Government is trying but they should give more priority to health. When people are healthy they will think of moving the nation forward but when they are not healthy nothing positive will come out of them.”
Olaolu said the programme was part of Rotary’s project for the year and targeted at over 200 people.
“It is a health enlightenment programme on malaria awareness. We are also conducting free test for malaria and high blood pressure. We are also distributing insecticide treated nets but the main target audience are pregnant women and nursing mothers due to the effect of the disease on them. We are also giving concession to the elders,”he said.