The Young Christian Workers Movement of Nigeria[YCW], Catholic Church of the Presentation, Abule Egba , have urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of going for regular screening and check-up to know their health status.
The YCW medical outreach and sensitization program was organized to celebrate the
2018 world hepatitis day with the theme “ finding the missing million” in Abule egba
Alimosho, Lagos on 28th and 29th July.
The program which included health talk on three different topics, as well as free blood
Speaking to Abule Egba residents and Catholic church members during the health talk, the Agbado Oke-odo Medical officer of Health, Dr.Mrs. S.O Oladipo who was represented by Dr sanusi emphasized that hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus are the leading causes of liver cancer in the world, yet more than 80% of those affected with viral hepatitis are unaware of their status that time testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C can save lives.
Also in her talk the administrator of Anthony Cardinal Okogie Medical Centre (ACOMEC), Rev. Sr. Mary Victoria Olonikadi (EHJ) WHO spoke on ‘Malaria In Pregnancy and Newborn’ warned on several consequence of an unclean environment which is a leading cause of malaria and its danger to pregnancy mother and newborn babies.
The Medical Director Armstrong Hospital, Dr, Austin Oseke who spoke on ‘Diabetes Causes and Prevention’ advised that one should be cautious of intakes and engage constant medical checkup of status, as it will enable a quick approach to any Diabetic case which can be managed through medication.
The YCW Agege Deanery coordinator Mr. Adetola Olagoke, in his speech emphasized the importance of regular screening and medical checkup to check the high rate of different disease prevalent in the Global community.
In an opening Remarks, the YCW Chaplain Rev. Fr. Johnpaul Olaniran expressed gratitude to the lecturers, and the organizations that has made available Drugs and logistics for this exercise, he explained the essence was to sensitize the community on ‘Hepatitis’ the silent killer disease and by extension provide community service that will help the less privilege and the uninformed residents, in order to have a healthier society.
The YCW President, Mr. Godwin Emeka Nwosu in his Vote of Thanks, said the major aim of this exercise, is to ease the burden of the people by creating a platform with access to free health counseling, free screenings and drugs, a welfare responsibility known as the driving force of the founder of the Young Christian Workers, Rev. Fr.Joseph Cardijn (1925).
He thanked the Priest in charge of Catholic Church of the Presentation Abule-Egba, Rev. Fr. Joseph Anokerie for his support and fatherly Admonitions and also all those who contributed in ensuring the success of the programme.
Especially the organizations like Pemason Pharmaceuticals, Biofem Pharmaceuticals, Greenlife Pharmaceuticals, Geneith Pharmaceuticals, JB Pharmaceuticals, Ramsgate Pharmaceuticals, El Nosco Pharmacy, Drug Masters Pharmacy, Josfek Mart Pharmacy, Society for Family Health and Ancilla Catholic Hospital Iju and Ifako Agege etc
The President called for more collaboration from all quarters to ensure a healthier society.
After the health talk, screening and consultations commenced immediately which impacted over 500 patients (member of the Catholic Church and Abule-Egba residents) it was a two days highly enriched and equipped health program
Immaculate N. Nwosu
YCW: Catholic Church of the presentation