FREE COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL OUTREACH TO MABUCHI VILLAGE FCT.
Date of event: 22nd June 2013
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA-FCT) in partnership with the Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN) and Cry for Help initiative (CFH)/ FCTA carried out a comprehensive medical outreach in Mabuchi Village of FCT on Saturday 22 June, 2013.
The free outreach began with the arrival of specialists in different discipline of medicine and other medical service providers which included ORL surgeon, nephrologists, chemical pathologist, haematologist, family physicians, immunization team, phlebotomists, VCT counsel and non-medical volunteers.
The main aim of this program was to educate the participant on the area of living in a healthy environment in order to eradicate disease such as malaria, some blood disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS etc. which can be caused poor environmental conditions, poor dietary management and risky social behaviours
The one day free comprehensive outreach was very successful.
The activities kick started with the arrival of Iyom Josephine Anenih the President of Women Foundation of Nigeria and her team of volunteers as they led the various group of medical service providers to the palace of the Chief of Mabuchi village FCT to pay homage. In the absence of the chief, they met they met the Danawari and Waziri of the chiefdom. The chiefs expressed joy and appreciation to the team who found their community worthy of such benevolence despite the poor state of the economy. Iyom Josephine Anenih thanked the community and all the participating groups including the media for their kindness and support awards this outreach, she said the main purpose of the event was to educate the community on how to take care of themselves and their environments also pointed that knowledge is power. On this note Iyom Josephine Anenih presented 'kolanuts and drinks' to the community, while the Danawari received the gifts on behalf of the chief. The chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association FCT chapter Dr. Titus Ibekwe thanked the Mabuchi traditional ruling council for receiving them, He pointed out that NMA as a way of giving back to society had chosen Mabuchi community as an area that needed their free medical outreach through partnership and support from Women Foundation of Nigeria and FCTA and other health related non-governmental organizations. He equally stated that the objective of this program was to create more awareness on medical matters and educate the community on healthy lifestyles.
Pic1: Iyom Josephhine Anenih leading the Women foundation of Nigeria team and the NMA to pay homage at the Chief's palace.
The entire participant received medical attention at five (7) different point of service in different specialties of medical.
Data gathered from the outreach showed that 784 person accessed care at different service point which included general consultation, immunization/de-worming, lab service (urinalysis, blood sugar, and malaria), pharmacy, paediatrics and voluntary testing and counselling (VCT) stands.
HIV tests were carried out on those who came for voluntary testing and counselling; those who tested positive were not only counselled but were directed on how to access free antiretroviral medication.
The people were taught to imbibe safe practices to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS as they were issued condoms and taught how to use the condoms to protect themselves.
Blood pressure measurements were taken and medication and medical dietary advice were given. The Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN) members were ever present to assist throughout the exercise, notable amongst them was Iyom Josephine Anenih who supported in carrying test.
In accordance with the motto of this event which is “better health is our wealth”, the people were well educated about the dangers of high blood sugar and high blood pressure, how they can damage the arteries and vital organs in the body. The medical personnel gave out instructions on how to detect early signs and symptom of high blood pressure and high blood sugar/diabetes. Furthermore there was massive vaccination to eradicate polio and other childhood killer diseases in area.
Lab services were provided for malaria, Blood sugar and urinalysis tests were carried out to test for common ailments after which medicines were given to patients free of charge.
Iyom Josephine Anenih with some WFN volunteers in the background carrying out blood pressure check on a resident; Mrs Fatti Abbass
Iyom Josephine Anenih and the chairman of NMA Abuja Dr. Titus Ibekwe chapter keenly observing the service being provided
Some of the volunteers
Iyom assisting in taking the blood pressure of one of the residents of the area
Cross section of some of the medical and non-medical volunteers