Rotary pledges better healthcare for Lagosians A 3-day family health programme was organised by the Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro in which free tests on diabetes, glucose, hypertension and malaria were conducted on the participants.

Residents who attended the health camp were given mosquito nets, condoms and sanitary towels, apart from counselling on health living. (Representative Photo)
Residents who attended the health camp were given mosquito nets, condoms and sanitary towels, apart from counselling on healthy living. (Representative Photo)

The Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro, Nigeria — 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 diabetes, 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 given counselling and given referrals by our health workers for urgent medical attention.”

Ubanozie also stated that over 2,000 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 Club 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 provided medical staff and the venue for the exercise among other things.

Source: Vanguard

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