Not less than 1000 people of Oke-Ode and it’s neighbouring communities in Ifelodun local government area of kwara state have received free medical treatment from a team of medical personnel from United States of America.
The free medical outreach, which covered high blood pressure test, dental care, diagnosis, provision of free eye glasses and drugs among other related treatment was facilitated by the Special Adviser to the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives on International Relations, Hon. Christopher Segun Omotunde, who is an illustrious son of Oke-Ode.
The two days medical outreach which took place between Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of May 2019 was carried out by 15 medical personnel under the Global Vision Support International Foundation.
The Oke-Ode community town hall, where the medical treatment took place, was filled to the brim as residents of Oke-Ode and other adjourning towns, mostly aged and the young ones, trooped in enthusiastically to receive the free medical health.
Speaking with journalists during the exercise, the Director, Medical Outreach, Global Vision Support International Foundation, Dr John Obafemi Sotunsa, said the aim of the free medical outreach was to bring quality
health care system to the door steps of the villagers.
“It is to provide health work including surgical, optical, medical and gynaecological services to all those who are in need, especially the indigents. That is all what we do.
“In this environment, we have a lot of hypertension, arthritis and diabetes. Because they are old, they have it. So, we have to screen them and let them know, especially hypertension. If I can take a look at what we have done here among the elderly population, hypertension is almost about 62 percent and arthritis between 25 and 30” he added.
The leader of the medical team added further that his organisation was working in collaboration with the facilitator, Hon. Omotunde, to render care in the areas of surgical, optical and gynaecological services for improved health of rural dwellers.
He, however, underscored the importance of regular medical checkup, and advised people to at all times follow the principle of balanced diet and always take fruits and vegetables, certain volume of water on daily basis so as to leave a healthy life.
Sotunsa hinted that the group primarily worked to support the Seven Days Adventist Church and also Babcock University in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the facilitator, Hon. Omotunde said he facilitated the free medical treatment having
identified the way and manner
residents of Oke-Ode and neighbouring communities were suffering from various health challenges.
The House of Representatives Deputy Speaker’s aide, however, pointing acusing finger to the state government and past administrations in the last 16 years in the state for, allegedly, mismanaging all sectors of the economy including health, which he said informed his decision to facilitate the free medical treatment.
He pledged to make such treatment a continuous exercise, promising that he had concluded arrangements to undertake the free medical treatment twice a year in order to meet health needs of his people.
Omotunde disclosed, in a vehement term, that there was no ulterior motive for embarking on the mission, saying that “it takes special grace of God to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of the people”.
He added that the free medical treatment was also in fulfillment of the promise he made to his father, who currently resides in US, to always provide succour to his people anytime the need arises.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke to Journalists during the exercise described the free medical outreach described the initiative as a step in a right direction and commended the facilitator for the rare gesture.
The Elemosho I of Oke-Ode, Chief Nurudeen Tunde Baba-Ahmed, said most people in rural areas are very poor and described the free medical outreach as very helpful and supportive.
Similarly, the Baale of Oke-Ode, Chief Abdulfatai Ayinla, thanked Omotunde for giving the health of his people a priority attention, saying that the gesture will not be forgotten in a hurry by the people Oke-Ode and all the beneficiaries of the free medical treatment.
According to him, it was not the first time that the community would benefit from the kind gesture of the facilitator, recalling that he had also facilitated motorised boreholes thereby tackling acute shortage of water in the community.
The Deputy Chief Imam of Oke-Ode, Alhaji Muritador Abdulkadri who opened the exercise with prayer described the facilitator as a pride to Oke-Ode community.
Alhaji Abdulkadri recalled that the same Hon. Omotunde facilitated the construction of N10 milliin worth of seven motorized boreholes which were officially commissioned on 2nd of March 2019, saying that the water project and provision of free health care service have direct positive impact on their lives as a people.