No fewer than 400 people have received free medical care at Illupeju Secondary School in Ilupeju, Lagos State, during a medical outreach organised by the school’s Old Students’ Association 1988/1989 set in partnership with Global Care Outreach.
Among the services rendered to the beneficiaries were medical consultation, physical examination, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, urinalysis, dental check-up, prostate specific antigen and eye check-up.
Free eye glasses, medication and referral were provided for those who needed them. Spiritual counselling was also rendered. The downpour did not hinder the residents from coming to the event venue to receive quality health care services.
According to the President of the Old Students’ Association (1988/1989) set, Mrs. Funmi Omotoso, the gesture was in commemoration of her illness some years back. She said those trying years made her to appreciate the importance of good health.
Mrs. Omotoso noted that those who are healthy should show gratitude to God and be kind to those whose health have failed. She said the outreach was a platform through which she could give back to the society.
“The maxim that health is wealth is true. As the President of the association, when we thought of what to do for the school and the community, the issue of health came up. No matter how wealthy one is, one needs good health. That informed our partnership with other organisations to provide free medical care for our alma mater and the host community that made us what we are today,” she said.
She said the outreach recorded huge success, adding that despite the downpour, the turnout was enormous. Participants, she said, waited patiently and everyone was attended to. “Some people received dental care, medications, consultations, eye drops, tests and eye glasses, among others,” she said.
She urged Nigerians to pay serious attention to their health and to go for medical check-ups so often in order to know their health statuses, eat moderately, exercise regularly; sleep well and not over stress themselves.
The Medical Director of Global Care Outreach, Dr. Segun Oghuan said the gesture was aimed at reaching out to members of the society who lack the financial capacity to access health care.
He said Global Care Outreach is a vision that was borne out of compassion and the need to reach out to the community and to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Jesus Christ commanded us to go out there and heal the sick; part of healing the sick is not just praying for them, but also giving out medications and any other type of medical procedure to improve their health,” he said.
According to him, the outreach is to contribute to the well-being of members of the society, ease their problems, discomfort and pains.
“The major global need is healing, which is the need to access health care. God gave me the vision about four years ago to reach out to people through this type of outreach. The first was in Ikoyi Prison, and since then, we have visited several communities in and outside Lagos. People usually turn out in large numbers. This, to me, means that there is a lot of need in the area of health care. It also points to the fact that a lot of people have medical conditions but have no money or no access to health care,” Dr. Oghuan.
“Outreaches such as this,” he said, “enable people to get free medical check-up and get well. “With this, we restore hope; bring happiness and smiles to the people,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to take their health seriously, saying they must, at least, check their blood pressure and blood sugar regularly.
President of Jasons Foundation; one of the partners with Global Care Outreach, Titiloye Oyewumi, said the foundation deals with humanity and renders free health care services to indigent people.
He urged Nigerians not to take issues of their health seriously, adding that government should provide more facilities to the health sector and make good health care available to all.
Human Resource Manager, Jason’s Foundation Lumbert Israel said their medical outreach is to help those who cannot afford medical care to get it. He said such outreach is also to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and win souls for the Kingdom of God.
He also said people should be more cautious of their health, watch what they eat, their lifestyle and ensure they seek medical help any time they feel their health is failing. He urged government to be more sensitive to the health needs of the people.
One of the beneficiaries, Iya Aafin Gbadamosi Adelarin said she is happy for the outreach, saying it is a good opportunity for her to access quality health care.
“This free medical outreach by the old students association is a good initiative and we are happy with the organisers for the gesture. I was given free eye glasses after free eye tests. Going to a hospital to get eye test and glasses will cost money, stress and time.
“The handle of the eye glasses I was using before was broken. The eye glass costs N5, 000, I went back to the hospital to get a new one but I was told it would cost N10, 000. I did not have the money for that so I’m still managing the old one.
“I also did general medical check-up, including blood sugar and cholesterol test. I checked my blood pressure and weight; I washed my teeth and also got free medical consultation, all for free.
“I thank God I heard of this free outreach. Now I have a new eye glasses and I thank the organisers of the programme. I pray that God should bless them abundantly.
Another beneficiary, who simply identified herself as Abimbola, said she had free general medical check-up and consultation. She said she also had free eye check-up and was given free eye glasses.
She noted that such outreach will help to improve health of the people in the community, adding that a lot of people are dying in silence because they cannot afford health care due to lack of funds.
She thanked the organisers of the outreach, saying the process was fast and well organised. Secretary of Global Care Outreach, Eberechi Ichi said the organisation focuses on health and evangelism.
He said the gesture was aimed at restoring hope to the hopeless by attending to their physical and spiritual well-being. He urged Nigerians to pay attention to both their physical well-being and that of their spirit.