It was a huge relief for the people of Igbara-Oke as one of their own, Dr Ayodeji Oritedi embarked on free health outreach to more than 5,000 people of Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Igbara-Oke Basic health centre was filled to capacity as both old and young people embraced the free health care services put together to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the sponsor of the health care outreach and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Amb. Ayodeji Oritedi said the gesture was borne out of his love for his people and the need to cushion the effects of the removal of the fuel subsidy on them.
Dr Oritedi noted that it became imperative in view of the fact that vulnerable people pay little attention to their health challenges due economy situations.
“I know the feelings and impact of the subsidy removal on the masses and especially the people at the grassroots”.
“The issue of taking care of their health may definitely not be part of their concerns as they tend to fend for what to eat “.
“So I decided to do this for my people and across other communities”.
The APC Chieftain who was member of President Bola Tinubu campaign council expressed hope that the health care outreach which will be replicated in the 18 local government areas of Ondo State will go a long way and add value to the society.
Dr Oritedi who disclosed that the health care outreach would be replicated in the 18 local government areas of the state expressed hope in the administration of President Bola Tinubu and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at meeting the health needs of the people.
Speaking on the occasion, the Owa of Igbara-Oke, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede on behalf of beneficiaries thanked the sponsor for the kind gesture and commended the people for the large turnout.
Oba Agbede urges other well to do in the society to always rise to the need of the people especially at crucial times.
Some of the beneficiaries, Elder Wale Ojo and Mrs Morenike Adegboro appreciate the sponsor of the health care outreach.
DON CALLS FOR REGULAR MEDICAL CHECK-UPS
…says hypertension is a silent killer.
A medical expert and lecturer at University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Mrs. Patience Adamolekun wants Nigerians to go for regular medical checkups and never wait till they are rushed into hospitals on emergency basis.
Making this plea, during a free Medical outreach sponsored by Dr Ayodeji Oritedi held in the palace of Owa of Idanre Kingdom, Mrs. Adamolekun lamented that many people take issues of their health with levity and said that health issues like hypertension and excessive blood sugar should not be taken lightly but rather given due and prompt attention immediately they are diagnosed by qualified experts.
She revealed that many needless deaths are being recorded in Nigeria and many Third World countries because they wait till health issues reach advanced stages before they are rushed to health facilities whereas in developed countries, people regularly into health institutions for their medical checkups.
Speaking in the same vein, Mrs Abimbola Akinlayo of Emergency Unit of General Hospital, Idanre and the Chairperson of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State, enjoined Nigerians not to feel shy of disclosing informations about their health statuses to trained Medical Personnel.
Mrs Akinlayo warned that failure of people to know their health statuses could be very dangerous and life threatening and of course costly on the long run.
She cautioned that diseases like diabetic are no more exclusive problems of the aged ones alone and thus enjoined people to be cautious of what they consume and always strictly follow their doctor’s instructions from time to time.
One of the beneficiaries of the one day free medical outreach sponsored by Dr Ayodeji Oritedi, Mrs Bosede Ogundairo said the programme was a very laudable and prayed profusely for the sponsor.
Olori Iyabo Aroloye, in her comments after having been attended to, saw the medical outreach as one that is commendable and enjoined other well to do people to emulate the gesture of Dr Ayodeji Oritedi.
According to her, the poor people and other beneficiaries will use the money they would have spent on purchasing the drugs for other things.
She prayed for the sponsor of the programme which saw hundreds of people, both young and old attended to after they have been screened.
Speaking on the focus of the free Medical outreach, Dr Ayodeji Oritedi said it was borne out of his concern for the health challenges of the people of Ondo State especially at this hard time occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal.
Some traditional chiefs of idanre kingdom utilized the opportunity which coincided with their every nine days meeting called “Ugha” to get their free screening and went home with free drugs.