….as club donates power generating set, others to health centre

By Evelyn Usman

Plans to declare Nigeria, a polio- free nation by the World Health Organisation, WHO is underway, owing to the absence of polio cases in three years, in the country.

District Governor of Rotary District 9110, Dr. Akerele, presenting a power generating set and other medical equipment to the Langbasa Health centre, Ajah, Lagos

This was disclosed by the District Governor of Rotary Club District 9110, Dr. Jide Akerele , when he was hosted to a breakfast organised by Rotary Club of Falomo, Lagos.

Akerele, was however quick to add that Nigeria’s certification as a polio-free nation would depend on her ability to  maintain  the  record till August 22,2019.

He said: “We have not had a case of polio for the last three years in Nigeria. The last case was in  August 22, 2016. On August 22, 2019, if we don’t record any case of polio, the World Health Organisation,  WHO will declare Nigeria Polio-free. We are expecting the certificate declaring Nigeria polio-free in October”.

The District Governor who also commissioned hospital equipment, including a power generating set, donated by the host club to the Langbasa community health centre, in Ajah area of Lagos, expressed  satisfaction over the District’s  efforts at ensuring that rural dwellers got quality healthcare.

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He urged the district  to improve on humanitarian services, saying, “what motivated me to join rotary was the will to do more  for people because as a human being, there is a limit to what you can do, but when you work with other people, you will be able to do  more than what you couldn’t do as a person. There is joy when you impact on someone’s life”.

He disclosed that , “We are addressing extreme poverty in  a holistic manner. Rotary plans to have a programme that would address extreme poverty as it was done in India and Bangladesh. We are planning a vocational training where the beneficiaries  will be equipped with skills.  W e will give stipends to sustain them during the training, we will open a bank account for them, where  any help we offer  would be channeled through .  “We will also give them phones to monitor them to see their development.

“At the end of the training, we will provide them with the tools and kits  needed to start up their trade, thereby,  graduating  them from extreme poverty to ordinary poverty. The Rotary million dollar challenge will help us raise money to tackle extreme poverty”.

President of Rotary Club of Falomo, District 9110, Mrs. Julie Nkanga , disclosed that the club was poised at ensuring that rural dwellers got quality healthcare, adding that the reason for the donation was borne out of the need to ameliorate the sufferings of patients at the health centre.

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She said, “When we went there for need assessment some weeks ago, we discovered that patients go through a lot when there is power outage. We are happy to impact lives.”

Health Supervisor in the Local Government Area, Hon. Oshodi Wakilu, who expressed surprise at the gesture, appreciated Rotary club for its community-oriented programmes, saying, ”  the donation will assist  government in reducing the sufferings of the people.”

Recall that the Club had earlier  embarked on a massive reading campaign aimed at promoting the efficiency of students in the use of English language, during which  over 50 secondary students who are now certified to be proficient in reading at Government Junior Secondary School in Victoria Island, benefited .



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