By Elizabeth Uwandu
The Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro District 9110 in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID has pledged to support Lagos state government to improve on its healthcare delivery system.
Speaking at a three day family health programme organised by the club in Obalende, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, President of the club, Rotarian Laurine Ubanozie, said the programme was an opportunity for the club to reach out to communities whereby health workers conducted free tests on diabetics, glucose, hypertension and malaria . In addition, residents got free distribution of mosquito nets, drugs, condoms and sanitary towels
Ubanozie said, “As a club we create awareness for people to live healthy through regular medical screening and monitoring of community members. And where we notice a critical medical challenge in participants, such persons are referred to experts for treatment.
For instance, “In 2016, 13 persons were discovered to have acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV unknown to them. These people were counsel and given referrals by our health workers for urgent medical attention. “ added Mrs Ubanozie
President, Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro District 9110 also stated that over 2000 participants benefited from this year’s free medical exercise. “This year’s event had over 2,000 participants. We also went to the nooks and crannies of Obalende including under the bridge to ensure people got free medical tests and relevant drugs.
Commending the efforts of USAID and Obalende Local Government Council the president noted that while USAID and Rotary International District 9110 and club members supported the free medical exercise with drugs, cash and other logistics, the council supported provided medical staff and the venue for the exercise among other things.