By: Chiadikobi Ozor
In efforts to ensure healthy community living, Dr. Pat Asadu representing Nsukka /Igboeze south federal constituency in partnership with Rotary Club International has provided free medical services to Leija community in Nsukka LGA, Enugu State.
Drugs worth millions of naira were also donated during a three days free medical outreach for the villagers.
Dr. Asadu in fulfillment of his campaign promises joined hands with Rotary Club International for the three days medical outreach programme at Lejja community on free medical attention of residents both infants, young, pregnant women and aged ones.
This is part of efforts to avert outbreak of killer diseases in the community just as major cases were referred to bigger hospitals for attention with the medical outreach picking the bills.
Speaking to journalists at Lejja Community Health Centre venue of the programme Dr. Chukwudi Maduabuchiata member of Rotary Club Maryland District 9142 Nigeria said the programme was a medical outreach designed by Rotarians for family health and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, fighting infections and communicable diseases like AIDS, Tuberculous (TP) among others.
Dr. Maduabuchiata who coordinates the medical outreach programme, said that Rotary organizes medical outreach annually in African countries and Asia known as health free days.
He noted that the activity in Lejja community is happening simultaneously in countries of Africa and Asia while in Enugu state Rotary has four outreach health sites, Agbani district hospital, Ngwo health Centre, Obinagu health Centre and Lejja community health Centre .
He noted that Rotary provided test kits for blood sugar, blood pressure (BP), HIV among others and supplies sanitary bags,mosquito nets to pregnant women and children of O—5 years.
Second day of the programme he said will be for eye screening tests, cervical cancer screening in partnership with Dr. Asadu for Nsukka/Igboeze south federal constituency at Lejja community health Centre.
“The medical outreach has been on since 2013 and within Nsukka zone, we have been going round to ensure we visit every community for medical attention while Rotary expects the benefiting community to provide basic needs and stakeholders to key into the programme like Dr. Asadu for the benefit of people in diverse communities of the state “ he said.
“Dr. Asadu massively supported the programme and Rotary is most interested in partnership. Since the outreach programme started nobody has ever partnered with Rotary and that is the more reason why Dr. Asadu’s olive branch is most outstanding, first of it’s kind in the annals off history. Rotary challenges other stakeholders to join hands for healthy environment, child upbringing and posterity “ he noted.
The coordinator noted that the drugs and other materials supplied stands at over $10, 000 worth, the drugs, test kits, nets, sanitary bags among others while cases of referrals,. Rotary follows it up by providing token to cover transportation cost, in partnership agreement with Bishop Shanahan hospital and Shepherd hospital for neurological cases that require scanning.
Dr. Maduabuchiata stressed that Rotary can’t supply enough materials for the yearning of people that needed serious medical attention and called on stakeholders to collaborate with Rotary to tackle health associated issues.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony of the three days medical outreach at Lejja community Mr. Igbonekwu Onyebuchi who represented Dr. Pat. Asadu said that the programme was part of the campaign promises of Dr. Asadu to touch on lives of people of his constituency.
He called on stakeholders to collaborate with Rotary and other agencies to take up challenges of various communities than waiting for government to do everything, adding that Dr. Asadu has been sponsoring free medical outreach at UNTHI Obukpa in Nsukka local government area of the state for over eight years single handedly and now joined with Rotary for good health, assuring that the medical outreach would stop at nothing until it gets to every community of the constituency.
By: Chiadikobi Ozor