By Uchechukwu Afamefune
In a bid to extend its fellowship and services to the communities, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Calvary Parish Province 27, Lagos, weekend offered free healthcare services and other relief materials to residents of Mafoluku, Oshodi and its environs.
The free health services which included eye checks, heart screening, blood sugar, malaria, Body Mass Index, BMI, tests among others, was part of the activities to mark the 21st Anniversary of the parish.
Speaking at the event which was graced by the young and old, resident Pastor of the parish, Pastor Jeffery Agambi, said the inspiration for the programme was drawn from Christ who mandated the church to help the needy.
“The programme is another way to reach out to our immediate community and help provide solutions to their health challenges through the help of our nurses and doctors without any charge for tests conducted or medicine given afterwards.
“We do this to assist people as we are aware that our health system is challenged.
“Our health system is still not yet perfect. This is one way the church also supports the system to make it work. So many people have ailments that doctors can attend to and prescribe drugs.”
Speaking, the Outreach Coordinator, Mr. Joel Nwokeoma, said the essence of the medical outreach was to impact and provide medical services to members of the community where the church is located.
“Our General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye had set up a corporate responsibility arm, to ensure the church takes the gospel from the pulpit to the communities and that is what we are doing. This year is better than the previous years because we have a strategic partnership with Emzor Pharmaceutical and Chike Okoli Foundation and they supplied large quantity of drugs and also gave us some medical personnel to work with us. We are also partnering with Phamatex Industries. ”
On her part, Programme Coordinator, Chike Okoli Foundation, Mrs. Beauty Alfred, who explained that the Foundation was set up in memory of Chike Edward Okoli, who died as a result of undetected coronary disease, said the outreach was in line with the vision of the foundation. “We go to communities and carry out free check-ups such as blood pressure, cholesterol test and body mass index for people so that what happened to our founder does not happen to any young Nigerian.”
For Mrs. Olufunkie Tijani, of ST. Patrick Luciana Medical Centre, who has been a volunteer for over four years: “The experience has been fantastic; people are being tested for Blood pressure, sugar level and height, weight as well as other relevant treatments that would have cost money in any hospital or clinic.”