ANIOMA ASSOCIATION USA (GEORGIA CHAPTER) HOLDS FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH
Anioma Association US (Georgia Chapter) has partnered with Anioma Medical Professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and local volunteers to hold a one-day free medical outreach at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Alihagu, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, on Saturday, December 9, 2023.
During the outreach, various medical tests were carried out on beneficiaries free of charge. These include blood pressure checks, blood sugar tests, cholesterol screenings, HIV/AIDS tests, and so on. These medical tests were to help identify potential health issues and provide individuals with knowledge about their health status.
Additionally, during the medical outreach, there was distribution of lenses for individuals in need of vision correction. Volunteers conducted eye examinations and provided suitable lenses to improve participants’ vision.
Furthermore, the distribution of drugs was a key component of the outreach. Essential medications for common illnesses and conditions such as malaria, respiratory infections, and minor injuries were provided for individuals in need. This was meant to help alleviate the burden of healthcare costs and ensure that the community members have access to necessary medications.
In cases where medical issues require further attention or specialized care, adequate referrals were made. These referrals were to direct individuals to appropriate medical facilities and specialists where they could receive the necessary treatment or follow-up care.
The Anioma Association US (Georgia chapter) says they are committed to the well-being of Agbor community, and Ika land in general, and aims to make a lasting impact through this medical outreach.
According to one of the members of Anioma US Georgia Chapter, by offering free medical services, distributing lenses and drugs, and providing referrals, the association hopes to help improve the overall health and quality of life for Agbor residents.
He further hinted that medical outreach is one of the ways members of Anioma US Georgia felt they could give back to the society.
One of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen, Pa. Ekpenisi Adahor, appreciated members of Anioma US for the free medical outreach. He affirmed that he believe it would go a long way in making the health condition of the people better.
Pa Adahor confirmed that most of them in the village are poor farmers and could hardly pay for hospital bills, hence they are overfilled with joy for this gesture.
He prayed for God Almighty to continue to protect and bless all members of Anioma US Georgia chapter for the wonderful opportunity made available for members of the Alihagu community.
Some other beneficiaries who spoke claimed that this is the first time Alihagu people are benefitting from something of this nature and they prayed fervently for those who made it possible for them to have access to medical care, more so being provided free of charge.
Rev. Fr. Jude Iloba the Parish Priest St. Marks Catholic Church Alihagu, expressed satisfaction over the enthusiasm of members of the community who trooped out in their numbers to benefit from the medical outreach.
According to the parish priest, as early as, a lot of people were already at the gate, and he had to come that early to open the facility for them to come in after his morning mass
Also speaking to newsmen, Mr. Steve Ekiri-Mekiriuwa Ashien, Publisher of Ika Weekly Newspaper, one of the coordinators of the event noted that the free medical outreach is intended to bring quality medical services to those in rural areas.
Mr. Ashien thanked the sponsors of the medical outreach, Anioma US Georgia chapter for such a worthy venture, and he prayed God to replenish their pockets.
Addressing beneficiaries earlier on, Dr. Okoro a Public Health Physician at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, harped on the need for the elderly to exercise regularly to maintain physical strength, flexibility, and balance.
He emphasizes the importance of engaging in activities such as walking, squatting, or yoga to help circulate blood flow and promote overall well-being.
Dr. Okoro also stresses the psychological and emotional benefits of exercise for the elderly, including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, and improving cognitive function.
He encouraged them to find activities that they enjoy and to make exercise a regular part of their routine to stay healthy and active as they age.