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130 Visually–Impaired Benefit From Community Health Service

……..In Ilorin

130 Visually –Impaired Benefit From Community Health Service

……..In Ilorin

No fewer than 130 blind people at the Koro Afoju Community in Ilorin , Kwara State on Wednesday benefitted from free medical care services organised by an Ilorin-based group, Home and Street Kids Welfare Initiative (HSKi).

The Executive Director of HSKi, Miss Funmi Omisope, said that the group had identified malaria as one of the major problems of people living in the community.

“This is Koro Afoju, which means community for the blind, where about 85 per cent of the people living here are blind.

“Here, malaria is their major problem; this is apart from the fact that they are blind, you can see that their environment is so dirty.

“We were able to trace those begging on the streets to this place, and we found out that they have a community.

“Today, as part of activities marking the universal health coverage, we have medical personnel on ground to check their blood pressure.

“Some will be checked and treated for malaria, diarrhea, among other illnesses,” Omisope said.

She said that efforts were being made to partner with the government to alleviate the plights of the destitute residents of the state.

“We look forward to partnering with the government on the challenges homeless children and destitute are facing in the state.

”We also implore secondary school graduates to join us as volunteers in training these children, both educationally and vocationally, before they will be enrolled in schools,” Omisope said.

A resident, Lawal Mohammed, who doubles as the representative of the Seriki of Koro Afoju, Mohammed Sanni, said that the programme was a relief to them.

“We are happy because most of us have no capacity to take care of ourselves.

“We have only Seriki, who is also a blind man, but we really appreciate the team.

“It is a relief to us and we pray that God will bless them,” Mohammed said. 

No fewer than 130 blind people at the Koro Afoju Community in Ilorin , Kwara State on Wednesday benefitted from free medical care services organised by an Ilorin-based group, Home and Street Kids Welfare Initiative (HSKi).

The Executive Director of HSKi, Miss Funmi Omisope, said that the group had identified malaria as one of the major problems of people living in the community.

“This is Koro Afoju, which means community for the blind, where about 85 per cent of the people living here are blind.

“Here, malaria is their major problem; this is apart from the fact that they are blind, you can see that their environment is so dirty.

“We were able to trace those begging on the streets to this place, and we found out that they have a community.

“Today, as part of activities marking the universal health coverage, we have medical personnel on ground to check their blood pressure.

“Some will be checked and treated for malaria, diarrhea, among other illnesses,” Omisope said.

She said that efforts were being made to partner with the government to alleviate the plights of the destitute residents of the state.

“We look forward to partnering with the government on the challenges homeless children and destitute are facing in the state.

”We also implore secondary school graduates to join us as volunteers in training these children, both educationally and vocationally, before they will be enrolled in schools,” Omisope said.

A resident, Lawal Mohammed, who doubles as the representative of the Seriki of Koro Afoju, Mohammed Sanni, said that the programme was a relief to them.

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