NO fewer than 2,000 indigenes of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday benefited from the free medical screening and treatment initiative of When In Need (WIN) Foundation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the indigenes were screened and diagnosed for various diseases ranging from malaria, hypertension and sugar level to diabetes and cataract by the US-based non-governmental organisation.
WIN ’s programme facilitator, Dr Eddy Olafeso, told NAN that the gesture was to complement government’s efforts in providing the people of the area with basic healthcare.
Olafeso, who is also the National Vice-Chairman, PDP South-West, dispelled insinuations that the programme was politically motivated.
“We are supporting the government in this area because they cannot do it alone and the essence of public service is to touch lives.
“This programme, which will be sustained yearly, is not politically motivated or affiliated but purely service to my people to rid the community of various silent killer diseases, ” he said.
Also speaking with NAN, Dr Cas Nwoga, the foundation’s Country Director, said more than 2,000 patients had been screened, diagnosed and treated for various diseases and eye defects.
“The patients are responding to treatment with 45 medical practitioners on ground to attend to them and over $10, 000 worth of drugs, eyeglasses, walkers and wheelchairs available for patients as the case may be,” Nwoga said.
A beneficiary, Chief Koriye Oyewole, commended the organisers for the screening of his sight defects and presentation of free drugs and eyeglasses.
Mrs Bolajoko Adewoye, who was diagnosed with hypertension and given free drugs, prayed God to support the foundation to enable it provide more services to the people, particularly the less privileged.
Another beneficiary, Dabo Peter, who was given a wheelchair, appealed to other NGOs and public-spirited individuals to emulate the foundation and initiate similar programmes.
NAN reports that the two-day programme, which ends on Wednesday, is holding at St. Mary Primary School, Okitipupa.