Over 1000 people in Ikale communities of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State have benefited from the free medical outreach organized by Careerbridge Foundation, USA.
Medical check ups carried out includes free Breast and Cervical cancer screening, Antenatal care, Blood test, Urinalysis, diabetes, cataract, hernia, night blindness, short and long shortsightedness, arthritis and dislocations.
Drugs were dispensed to those with various ailments and routine drugs were given.
Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Mr. Modupe Olowodahunsi, further sensitized the women on the need to get screened regularly to prevent cases of cancer.
Mr Modupe Olowodahunsi also pointed that his decision to help the elderly was to complement what the state government was providing them.
He said with good healthcare facilities, the elders would live long and be happy. Olowodahunsi said medical experts, specialists, opticians, ophthalmologists and pediatricians were on ground to attend to a series of diagnosed cases.
“We can’t stayed in our comfort zone and expecting government to do everything for our people. It is high time we show love and reach out to our parents and family friends. The suffering of our people is just too much,”
“The programme would be sustained as people who were diagnosed with serious health challenges would go for free surgery next year.“My mother died at an early age because of lack of medical care and this motivated me to assist our elderly ones here in order to discover diseases that can be treated to increase their life span,” Mr. Modupe stressed.
Meanwhile, the Foundation’s Project Coordinator, Dr Olusegun Dada, said that the patients were responding well to screening and were also happy about it.“Some that were diagnosed of ailments that can be easily cured were given drugs.
“We will continue to come for medical check-ups but those with severe cases will be rolled over for surgery in January 2018,’’ he said.
The five-day free medical screening which began on Thursday at Igbotako ended on Saturday after covering Iju-Odo, Ilutitun, Ikoya and Idepe – Okitipupa towns.
Some of the patients who spoke to Ondo Events said that they were happy about the free screening adding that it was a welcome development.
They praised the foundation and urged other youths to emulate the foundation for more elders to be rescued from early death.
Chief Oladapo Famoye who had cataract said he was happy for the free medical screening adding that he was given drugs to be used before the surgery next year.
Another patient, Chief Taiye Owate said that he was diagnosed of hypertension and had been given drugs to regularise it.
He commended the organisers for their forthrightness saying it was a welcome development.
Mrs Module Fakoya who was diagnosed of diabetes said that she was glad that she benefitted from the free screening.
“I encourage other youths to emulate Olowodahunsi who has the passion to help the elderly ones without political motives,’’ she said.