NGO’s Free Health Services In Kwara Reach 500 Beneficiaries

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,”

he said.

In his remarks, Chief kunle Oyinloye, the foundation chairman, said

that the programme was his way of contributing to the development of

the society.


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