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Rotary Club of Palmgrove Estate targets 1,000 beneficiaries for screening

Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA donating Drugs to the Medical Centre of 9 Brigade Nigerian Army Ikeja on 13/11/2019.  Left to right: Rtn. Odeleye,(C)Brigade Commander,Brigadier Gen. Musa Etsu-Ndagi, Club President Rtn. S Abdalla, Rtn. Soetan, Major (Dr) I. Yokohama and Rotr. Aremo Ajayi ,President of Rotaract Club of Ikeja GRA<br />

Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, Rotary International, District 9110, held its Rotary Family Health Days aimed at freely sensitizing members of the public on the importance of their health status, targeting 1,000 beneficiaries. As usual with the club, beneficiaries were not only screened to know their health status on malaria, diabetes, cancer among others but given drugs as first aid to nip in the bud early threat to their health.

The President-elect, Rotarian Chandra Nalode, who expressed happiness and satisfaction at the turnout of beneficiaries, disclosed that the club was known for laudable and sustainable projects, aside cataract surgeries, giving out of artificial limbs among others. Nalode added that the club created an awareness of the event in the vicinity, which informed the mammoth crowd that came for screening.

The National Co-ordinator of the event in Nigeria who doubles as Director of Programmes for the same event in West Africa, Past District Governor, Olugbemiga Olowu, visited the club with his team and expressed satisfaction with the large turnout of beneficiaries. He noted that the programme this year was by far better than last year, by virtue of what he had witnessed as he was touring the various screening points in Nigeria, including Abuja and some states in the northern part of the country.

“We are expecting 120,000 beneficiaries all over Nigeria but from what I have seen, we may surpass the number and we are ready for them because we have the materials and also having many non-governmental organisations (NGOs), pharmaceutical companies, hospitals among others that are supporting us,” he said.

Olowu announced this year’s free treatment of hepatitis B with its vaccines while referrals were being given to patients with hepatitis C so they could be treated in government and primate hospitals with minimum charges. They would later follow up with the duplicate copy of referrals which apply to all other cases of referrals.

The District Co-ordinator for the programme, Bola Oyebade said they had visited 16 locations with more to go and were satisfied. Assistant Governor, District 9110 and chartered member and past president of Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, Ramesh Biswal, commended members of the Indian community for donating drugs to the beneficiaries.

Rotarian Flavia Miiro who came from Uganda to monitor the three-day event, commented a large number of beneficiaries who turned out, saying there was indeed the need for the programme, and called on more Nigerians to join Rotary.

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