No fewer than 500 people have benefited from free healthcare services
in Omu-Aran, Irepodun LGA of Kwara State, under the free medical outreach of
Aro Bamgbose Foundation.
The two-day biennial free healthcare services the 10th since inception
in 2013 ended on Sunday.
The health intervention covered medical tests, diagnosis and treatment
of different ailments including eye examination and care.
The foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in
Omu-Aran, Kwara with a vision driven by the mandate toward making
positive impact on the less-privilege, especially at the grassroots.
Its Coordinator, Dr Musa Bello, said that it was a programme set up to
coincide with the Sallah, Christmas and New Year periods in order to
cover large number of beneficiaries.
According to him, the programme attracted residents from the three
wards of Omu-Aran and other neighbouring communities of Arandun, Ilofa,
Oke-Onigbin, Oro, Ipetu, Oyun, among others.
He said that the beneficiaries also received detailed counseling on
fire outbreak and management as well as guide against unwarranted
Bello said that the initiative was a product of painstaking and
in-depth research on healthcare development and challenges in remote
towns and villages over a period of time.
“Apart from free diagnosis, treatment and drugs, beneficiaries were
also offered basic tips and rudiments on precautionary measure so as
not to aggravate their health conditions.
“This became very important after we have run tests for them to know
their health status which is one of the basics of the Foundation’s
free healthcare outreach.
“Prevalence among the diseases treated included malaria, typhoid
fever, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes, eye ailment in that
order,” he said.
Bello pointed out that the programme was basically targeted at
bringing healthcare delivery closer to people in the rural
communities, especially the less privileged.
The coordinator said that the Foundation was in the process of making
a comprehensive documentation and analysis of its medical findings
over the years as a reference point for improving healthcare delivery.
“The free healthcare services are designed to complement the
government’s efforts aimed at bringing healthcare delivery closer to
the rural communities.
“It is our hope that this documentary will, in no small measures,
assist the governments and other relevant health institutions to
strategise and plan ahead.
“Through the initiative we were able to discover that malaria,
arthritis and hypertension are more prevalence among the people.
“Many of the beneficiaries, especially those from remote villages and
communities, are ignorant of their health conditions.
“This is why the foundation organised this programme as part of its
support to ensure unhindered access to improved healthcare delivery,”
In his remarks, Chief kunle Oyinloye, the foundation chairman, said
that the programme was his way of contributing to the development of
Oyinloye, who is also the Managing Director, Infrastructure Bank,
Abuja, urged Nigerians to always avail themselves of the benefit of
free healthcare services being provided nationwide.
“I got to know that many people, as a result of financial challenge,
have turned away from the hospitals in seeking medical assistance.
“Many of them have become bed-ridden and lost hope, even over an
ailment that could not cost more than N1, 000 to treat and manage.
“So, it is our hope that if we can assist to bear their medical needs
to some extent, they can then channel their resources to other
pressing domestic needs,” he added.
Mr Azeez Ademola, a civil servant and Mrs Esther Bamidele, a trader,
both beneficiaries, described the initiative as “unprecedented and