The Rotary Club of Amuwo Odofin in Lagos on Friday commenced a three-day medical outreach for the treatment of cataract and pterygium for residents of the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical mission, tagged, ‘Rotary Family Health Days,’ was organised in collaboration with Holy Family Catholic Church, Festac Town, Lagos.
The President of the Club, Mr Francis Ogugua, said that the programme was aimed at providing basic and preventive healthcare services, drugs and free surgeries for people with cataract and pterygium.
Ogugua said that apart from referrals to experts, the outreach would create awareness for people to know signs to look out for in order to prevent certain diseases.
“We are also checking for two conditions, cataract and pterygium, and the check will culminate to surgeries, which will be free of charge.
“Many people don’t know their health status and it is very important that they do; we have booths where tests are being carried out for different diseases like malaria, blood sugar, high blood pressure and HIV,” he said.
The Club’s Special Project Chairman, Mr Zakari Goni, said that no fewer than 300 people would benefit from the three-day programme.
“This project is aimed at screening people for malaria, HIV and other ailments.
“What we do here is basically screening for diseases, then we refer them to hospitals where comprehensive tests will be done, if needed,” he said.
Mr Daniel Ighakpe, a beneficiary of the medical outreach, commended the Club’s efforts at ensuring that people got free treatment.
“In the past, I got a free mosquito net that was very useful to me and last year, I got malaria drugs,” he said.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Agatha Aloziem, expressed joy for the opportunity to check her blood pressure level.
“When they checked my BP, it was a little high and that’s because I didn’t take my medication before coming,” she said.