Saturday, 14 May 2016

NGO partners with Nigerian students to fight diabetes

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Hacey Health Initiative, has partnered the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA) to deliver free health care services to residents of Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Funded by Access Bank Plc, the project was held in line with the World Health Day, focusing on fighting diabetes.

The outreach was held on the premise of the Agege Primary Health Centre, with residents turning out to benefit from the programme. Medical volunteers had a busy time attending to people, who came to check their blood sugar level and malaria parasite.

Those whose conditions were critical were given referrals for treatment at state medical centres.

The Project Director, Mr Isaiah Owolabi, disclosed that the aim of the event was to raise awareness on health challenges affecting the people.

He said: “We need to appreciate Access Bank that financed the project to help people take charge of their health. Many people have died because of ignorance about blood glucose level, blood pressure and weight. Apart from test, we also counseled people on how to manage their blood glucose. Many have learnt how deadly diabetes can be. All these are free for them and we are happy that through this gesture, we are not just creating a healthy society, but a happy one as well.”

Roland Ojo, a 500-Level medical student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), said the decision of the students to partner the NGO was in line with NiMSA’s objective, which he said, is to “stand out, help out and reach out”.

Roland said: “Our plan is to improve the health status of people in the state. We believe that if we counsel people on diabetes, it would help a great deal to foster a healthy nation.”