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Over 400 people benefit from foundation free medical series

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A medical personnel taking blood sample from a child during a recent health fair organised by Pfizer Nigeria in partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, at Victoria Garden City

A medical personnel taking blood sample from a child during a recent health fair organised by Pfizer Nigeria in partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, at Victoria Garden City<br />

Over 400 members from 40 various rural and riverine communities in Ojo Local Government in Lagos State have benefitted from a free medical treatment organised by the Sarah Adebisi Sosan Foundation (SAS).

The foundation, which was named after a former Deputy Governor of Lagos, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, organized the medical services with the aim to improving the living condition of members of rural communities across the state.

Beneficiaries of the services, which include the aged and pregnant women, youths among others, commended the foundation for the kind and humanitarian gestures as they also urged for more presence of government in the communities. Qualified medical personnel engaged by the foundation carried out the medical services. Speaking on the programme, the Communication Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Hameedat Balogun said the service was to enable people in the rural and riverine communities have access to free health care.

According to her, “Since health is wealth, men and women in the rural communities were advised to take their health serious as free medical check –Up was carried out on them. Other areas in which free medical services were rendered include; test on blood pressure, HIV test, malaria parasite, general body scan to generate information on kidney/liver function, brain function, de-worming for children and school pupils among others. Free drugs were also given to the beneficiaries to take care of their health needs. Balogun also disclosed that apart from the medical services, the former deputy governor is also involved in major economic empowerment programme, where thousands of the people in the rural communities especially women were trained in different vocations and free working tools given to them to enable them start their own businesses.

Sosan, who spoke after the exercise said, “This is my own way of giving back to the to the society. People in the rural and riverine communities often times, have the challenges of accessing basic amenities such as quality education, electricity, hospitals, good roads, all these are making life more difficult for the people.

One of the beneficiaries of the free medical services, Fasaasi Rauf commended the foundation as he also urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to focus his policy on rural development in the state, saying: “The government is trying but it can do more.”Some of the villages that benefitted from the programme include, Irewe, Osolu in Ojo.


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