O’first, Second Chance Smile Global Foundation, Collaborate On Free Health Programme
About three thousand residents of Ogbomoso and environs have benefited from free medical check-up facilitated by O’first, an Ogbomoso indigenous group.
The medical checks included blood sugar test, blood pressure test, Covid-19 and HIV test, dental and optical test among others as well as dispensation of drugs and recommended eye glasses.
The event which would last for three days is a joint project by O’first and Second Chance Smile Global Foundation with Ladoke Akinola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, and Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso being volunteers.
Speaking on modalities of the free healthcare program, Coordinator, Local Organizing Committee, Otunba Adebayo Babatunde said six thousand eye glasses, three thousand five hundred Covid-19 test kits, three thousand HIV/Aids Rapid Test screening kits among others would be administered by seventy medical doctors, Naturopathic practitioners, dental and optometrist surgeons among other health practitioners.
Otunba Babatunde explained that the group having helped the residents through the program to diagnose different ailments would still be in touch with beneficiaries to possibly offer future assistance to some.
He said O’first was determined to positively uplift people of Ogbomoso.
Reacting, President O’first group, Sir Segun Adekunle noted that the medical outreach was to create awareness on health issues and support the government in meeting the expectations of citizens.
“We started a three day medical outreach for the poor, weak, sick, aged and vulnerable in the society. It is an outreach meant to bring awareness on health issues.” “You would have noticed that there are doctors, nurses and other experts attending to people.” “Again, there is a pharmacy here where we dispense drugs.”
The good side of this is that the National Agency for Control of AIDS, NACA and the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC are here to work with us”, he said.
On his part, Professor Oluwole Ajagbe of the Second Chance Smile Global Foundation said the foundation partnered O’first because the initiative was laudable.
Professor Ajagbe expressed the hope that the partnership would continue, describing it so far as a success.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with Radio Nigeria could not hide their joy as they appreciated the facilitators for giving back to the society.