LAPO Gives 3,221 Indigent Persons Free Medical Support
LAPO improved the health conditions of 3,221 vulnerable community members in Edo South Senatorial District, under its Community Health Outreach Programme, between April and October, 2016. The communities are Erua, Ugoneki, Utese and Iguye.
The beneficiaries were screened and treated for common diseases including HIV, malaria, diabetes, blood pressure, blood sugar, hepatitis, hypertension and cancer, currently responsible for about 20% of all deaths and 60% of admitted patients in most tertiary hospitals in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who stated this in Benin City, advised rural dwellers to adopt healthy lifestyles and regular health examination towards facilitating early detection and management of common diseases.
She noted that the health needs of rural dwellers was enormous, and therefore solicited for the support of other organizations as the annual medical outreach is expected to go round all the Local Government Areas in the state in subsequent years.
“We have found that the health need of persons in rural areas is huge and most of them do not have money to access care. The free medical outreach is something good and we need to sustain it. However, we need the support of other NGOs and L.G.A.s as the cost is enormous.” she said.
The Head of the LAPO Medical Team, Dr. David Osifo said about 26 persons in Utese Community were referred to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for surgery.
Dr. Osifo, a LAPO Board Member and Consultant Surgeon in UBTH said the health challenges prevalent among the beneficiaries included malaria, ulcer, tumors, sickle cell anaemia, hookworm infestation and skin diseases, adding that the people were also educated on balanced diet, personal hygiene and disease prevention.
The Acting Chairman of Ovia North East L.G.A, Mr Austin Odigie, said Free Medical Outreach would go a long way to reduce the health burden of the people and urged collaboration between LAPO the local government to renovate health centres in the community.
The beneficiaries and other residents commended LAPO for the kind gesture.