ROTARY Action Group for Family Health and AIDS prevention, in collaboration with Rotary Clubs and districts in Nigeria, Ministry of Health, Private sector and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) recently held its annual health services event, tagged, “Rotary Family Health Days”.
Clubs in Awka axis such as Rotary Clubs of Awka Central, Awka GRA, Awka Smithtown, Awka UNIZIK, Awka Metropolis and Rotary Club of Njikoka, Abagana, comprising of zone 7 and 8 in District 9142, joined others across the country on Saturday, to organise, counsel, screen and gave free medical treatment to the members of the public in Anambra State.
The exercise took place at Umuzocha Village Hall, Awka, and attracted a lot of aged people, children and pregnant women as the 2020-2021 Rotary theme, ‘Rotary Opens Opportunity’,implies .
While speaking to the press, Assistant Governor of Zone 7, Distrct 9142, coordinating this year’s program, Rtn. Emma Nnagbo, defined Rotary as an international organisation comprising of doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, carpenters, students, among others, across the globe, who devote their time, wealth and talent for the benefit of others, adding that it is carried out annually to give free treatment to the society at no cost, while over 200 people participated in the exercise.
“You can see the number of people that came here to participate in the exercise. The screenings we conducted were diabetes and glucose level, hypertension, tuberculosis, malaria and polio immunisation. We also distributed Insecticide treated nets and sanitary towels for girls, condoms and deworming of children. We will continue tomorrow with addition of hepatitis B and C screening and also HIV screening”.
He also said that patients with eye problem will be screened and assured adequate attention from the medical personnel.
President, Rotary Club of Awka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Rtn. Abuchi Nwozor said it was one of the activities done by Rotary International to improve health of the people, assist them in giving treatments especially to the indigents who may not afford certain expenses, adding that there is no age limit needed.
One of the patients who participated in the exercise, Angela Ezeilo expressed that her interest for good health was her major reason for being there and advised other patients to benefit from the program, adding that it is an opportunity to improve their health.
In her words, “they gave me medication for treatments and I like every test they conducted. I have diabetes. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public considering the huge amount of money we may spend in the hospital for such diseases. I am also requested to come back tomorrow for further examination. I’m very grateful and I say kudos to them”.
A nurse from Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka, Rtn. Helen Onwudiwe described cervical cancer as a deadly malignant tumour of the cervix at the lowermost part of uterus, caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be transferred from one person to another during sex, noting that if not diagnosed and treated, it can spread to other parts of the body.
In an interview, Dr. Obinna Nwagbu said he sees patients for the free medical attention given to them noting that as a rural area there was more of the age patients who has hypertension, diabetes, eye problems like cataracts due to their age and other diseases.
“The disease is mostly related to their age because hypertension can lead to eye effect. As they grow older, they usually have diabetes and hypertension which if is not managed well properly, it can lead to eye problem. I encourage other people out there to emulate this organisation as we can see that they are mostly indigent people. If more of this is organised, people will continue to come out”.
The president, Rotary club of Awka Smithtown and Data Collector of this year’s Rotary Family Health Days, Rtn. Chidi Obiudu, said that it was a free medical outreach and avenue used by Rotarians to give back to the members of the society in order to ensure proper health care of individuals, noting that measures like drugs, testing materials and manpower were made available for a successful impact of the exercise.
According to him, “we are expected to give it freely. It is for the benefit of the sick people and those that may not know their health status to treat themselves. Patients with critical issues like eye cataracts and dental problems, including other serious problems which cannot be handled were referred to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, for proper care and treatment for free”
He advised the general public to benefit from the ongoing exercise, adding that it comes only but once in a year.
Other presidents present were Rtn. Blaze Nnadozie and Rtn. Somadina Okwelogu from RC Awka Men and RC Awka, GRA respectively.