Muslim groups provide care to Lagos community
Muslim Hand Nigeria has joined forces with the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) to aid healthy living in Makoko area of Lagos, as they distributed insecticide net and other medical facilities to the community.
The Project Coordinator, Muslim Hand Nigeria, Shamsideen Adesanya, said about 350 families benefited from the insecticide netsdistribution, while about 600 children received worm vaccinations during the exercise.
He noted that the essence of distributing insecticide nets was to protect Makoko residents against insects’ bites, since the community is in riverine area with possibility of mosquitoes spread diseases, as a resort of unkept environment.
He explained that the nets distributions and that of worm vaccination gesture carried out were combined efforts of both the Muslim Hand Nigeria and IMAN. They shared same humanitarian goal.
Other children and older women from the riverine community marched in their hundreds to the groups’ centre to receive health aids brought to the town for distribution.
A 75-year-old beneficiary, Comfort Ojuri, expressed need for Lagos State Government and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Muslim bodies to come to rescue families, particularly young generation, in Makoko by assisting in managing thier environment.
“We appreciate all supportive measure from both government and private bodies that have been reaching us in our community and I urge authorities and others not to relent in the good will, and as well assist in managing Makoko environment,” she said.
A woman who brought her one-year-old baby to the center for worm vaccination, though refused to disclosed her name, commended the two Islamic groups for saving her and her child of fortunes which would had cost her to get such service she received free.
An Islamic cleric, Ibrahim Jomoh, who participated in distribution of nets, urged for constant remembrance of less privileged.
particular in communities such as that of Makoko where families live in hardship and deprive of basic amenities.
Jomoh assured families during the sharing of item helping handing would always be extended to them since that is Quran preaches and commended rich members every society to oblige.