IN a medical outreach in Dobi, a community in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja over 700 patients benefited from free medical treatment offered by Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in collaboration with African Doctors for Africa.
Beneficiaries of the medical outreach in Dobi community in the Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT were mostly women and children and the exercise focused on malaria control, oral health, Hepatitis B and C, nutrition, eye screening and provision of lenses, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids.
The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr Ver-or Ngutor, in a statement Thursday, in Abuja, impressed over the huge turnout of the people, commended the traditional institution in the area for mobilising people to take advantage of the programme.
He pledged the commitment of OHAI and African Doctors for Africa to continue to work closely to ensure that healthcare was available for as many as possible.
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in addition to the testing and treatment, the organisers donated 80 pieces of wraps of cloths to women during the outreach.
Mr Joseph Dzungwe, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu, explained that the outreach had given support to Nigeria’s signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
She said it was a sign of the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women as pursued under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as well as other statutes, conventions and treaties, which enjoin states, parties to ensure the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health facilities for the prevention and treatment of illnesses.
Anagbogu noted that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs placed premium on the well-being and rights to quality health of women and girls and other vulnerable groups in the society, hence, the collaboration with NGOs and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and other initiatives to this end.
He stated further that, “Government alone cannot meet the health needs of our teaming population, hence, the need for the contribution of NGOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and partners who provide a variety of services and programmes for the health benefits of the populace.”
The Assistant Director/Head NGOs, Mrs Nma Ogbonna, said that the activities championed by OHAI and African Doctors for Africa would contribute heavily to government’s efforts to improve the health of the people.
The traditional ruler of Dobi community, Alhaji Ismaila Nda-Etsu Dobi, lauded the organisers for their commitment in providing medical care to his people as he urged governments at all level to support NGOs that had shown capacity in providing healthcare services particularly for the local communities.