300 persons benefit from free healthcare initiative of Ibaji youths

By AdvocateNews on 23/12/2019

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The medical team attending to patients at Onyedega
The medical team attending to patients at Onyedega

Over 300 persons including aged men, women and children have benefited from the 2019 free healthcare initiative of the Coalition of Ibaji Youths, COIY, a non-governmental organization in Ibaji local government area of Kogi State.

The healthcare programme conducted by a team of medical experts led by Dr. Victor Atokoma witnessed medical examination of patients, dispensing of drugs and treatment of various ailments as well as counseling on good health habits.

The medical outreach was conducted at Ibaji local government headquarters, Onyedega and Odogwu community while drugs worth thousands of naira were donated to Ejule Ojebe Health Centre.  

The healthcare initiative was part of the annual programme of the organization, which is collaborating with other groups and the government at all levels to facilitate development of the area and improve the wellbeing of the people.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of COIY, Mr. Tony Edike, said the organization embarked on the healthcare initiative to provide succor for the rural dwellers who could not afford cost of accessing medical care as well as to create awareness on the need to embrace good health habits.

He said that apart from those examined and treated of various ailments especially high blood pressure, hundreds of children and adults received de-worming drugs while sanitary pads were distributed to women.

According to him, “this medical initiative which is the first of its kind in the local government area will be sustained as part of our programmes to improve the living condition of the people and I want to commend all those who made this possible by donating drugs and other materials for the outreach.”

Mr. Edike, who lamented the absence of basic infrastructures like roads, electricity, functional health facilities, pipe borne water  in Ibaji local government area, however, called on both the Federal and Kogi State governments to come to the aid of Ibaji.

“Ibaji which God has richly blessed and endowed with numerous natural resources including Oil and Gas, yet to be explored, has remained the most under-developed among the local government areas in Nigeria, lacking all the basic amenities that could have opened up the area for thriving economic activities and make life better for our people.

“Our story is pathetic, no roads, no electricity, no drinking water even when we are surrounded by rivers, our youths are jobless, no industry and no markets just as our farmers lack encouragement and support among other numerous challenges like the perennial flood disaster.  We need urgent government intervention in this council as the burden is far beyond the capacity of the local government administration,” the BOT Chairman said.

Also speaking, President of the organization, Mr. Jerry Nwuchola and a Trustee of COIY, Ambassador Tony Ogah, called on relevant government authorities and agencies to address the infrastructural deficiencies in Ibaji local government saying Nigeria stands to gain a lot from the area.

They urged well-meaning indigenes of the area to think home and join hands with the organization to assist the less privileged and empower the youths to engage in rewarding activities.   

The Administrator of Ibaji Local government, Hon. Williams Iko-Ojo, in his remarks, applauded leaders and members of COIY for embarking on the medical outreach and for their unrelenting efforts to draw attention to the plights of the people of the area.

He promised to continue championing the course of infrastructure development in Ibaji, assuring that he would approach relevant government agencies to seek ways of tackling numerous problems being faced by the people of the area.

Posted 23/12/2019 12:17:47 PM


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