Foun­da­tion pro­vides med­i­cal care to Katampe res­i­dents

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Shaba Abubakar Idris & Nafisat Aduni Musa

When in Need Foun­da­tion (WIN), an NGO based in Nige­ria and US, has car­ried out free med­i­cal tests and ad­min­is­tered drugs to the peo­ple of Katampe ll, Mpape Abuja. The foun­da­tion also gave out food­stuffs to the less priv­i­leged.

The CEO of WIN, Mrs Chetachi Ec­ton, who led the outreach told our re­porters that govern­ment needed to do more in pro­vid­ing health care to the poor.

She said: “The mo­tive be­hind the free med­i­cal outreach and feed­ing is to be able to sup­port hu­man­ity. I ac­tu­ally know what it is not to have, what it is when some­one is hun­gry and does not have food to eat. My in­ten­tion is just to serve hu­man­ity.”

One of the doc­tors who was on the med­i­cal team, Dr. Nwoga, said they wanted to at­tend to about 3,000 less priv­i­leged peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and coun­sel them on how to pre­vent some of the ill­nesses preva­lent in com­mu­ni­ties like that.

He also said the food pro­vided for them would help them to take their drugs when they got home, adding that the res­i­dents were tested for malaria, HIV, eye screen­ing, preg­nancy and High Blood Pres­sure.

The project co­or­di­na­tor of WIN, Mr Chumk­wuma Okere, said Katampe II was cho­sen for the outreach af­ter a need as­sess­ment was car­ried out on the com­mu­nity and it was dis­cov­ered that the health cen­tre there did not have med­i­cal staff.

“When we vis­ited the com­mu­nity the ma­tron of the health cen­tre told us that they don’t have med­i­cal doc­tors at the clinic that they op­er­ate with Ad­hoc staff and we felt there is need for us to pro­vide med­i­cal outreach to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

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