For men, women, youths and children who are opportune to get free health services regarding their blood pressure, free eye test and glasses, HIV screening, cervical screening/breast examination, family planning, prostate specific antigen (for men), blood sugar level, among others, it was an opportunity which ordinarily they could not afford financially but for the intervention of the women of Inner Wheel District 912, Nigeria, International.
Speaking at the One-Day Free Health services organized by Inner Wheel District 912, Nigeria, International, and held at Ajibulu Primary Health Centre, Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos for the indigent, the Chairman, Inner Wheel District 912, Nigeria, International, Adefunke Shinaba, said was is was held in Oshodi, being a densely populated area where majority are non-literate. “Majority of them lacks the finance to go to the hospital and I believe that this is a way of helping the less privileged and assist the needy” said Shinaba.
“Should there be any one that is positive, they will be referred to the appropriate quarters for further treatment. All tests are based on participants’ written consent” said Shinaba.
According to Shinaba, “similar program was organized two weeks earlier at Oshodi local govt. area for over 300 people hence we deem it fit to bring it to Mafoluku area”.
In her message to both men and women, the Past District Chairman, Inner Wheel District 912, Mrs. Zainab Ikheloa, urged them to take care of their health. “Always go for medical check-up, don’t be shy to seek for help or advice where necessary. Also, eat healthy food because you are what you eat” she warned.
The guest speaker, a Psychiatrist Consultant, Dr.(Mrs) Gbonjubola Abiri in her topic titled ‘Mental Health Alertness’, urged beneficiaries of the need to help others should they discover anything strange about them.
“Find out what is going on with such people and let them know that their life is very important, suicide is not the best option, hence the need for them to take their mental health seriously” she said.
Gbonjubola also task them to look out for 4Ls when it comes to mental alertness. They include: Learn about mental health; Look out for each other; Listen in a kind and compassionate way and non-judgmental manner; and finally; Link people with sources of support
“Many times, suicide happens because there is an undiagnosed, undetected and untreated mental illness, so we all need to make our mental health a priority”.
In an interview with one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Abiola Alade said “Thank God, I’m here today to undergo all these tests for free because I don’t even have the means of doing them in the hospital, God bless the organisers’
The Free Medical Check-up Health Program include : Cervical Screening/breast examination for women; family planning; Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) for men; blood pressure level; hepatitis B Screening; free eye test/ eye glasses; HIV screening, among others.